Pittsfield man facing multiple felony charges following daylight incident


PITTSFIELD >> A city man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly broke into and vandalized a home, assaulted a woman and her father and threatened to kill them before leading police on a car chase.

William D. Fiske, 26, of Jones Avenue, was arrested after the episode, which began at the woman's Cheshire Road home Wednesday morning.

The woman, who has an active restraining order against Fiske, told police that he had just called her and said he was on his way to her house to "destroy it."

When she arrived home, she found the door apparently kicked in, utensils strewn about the kitchen, a large hole in a kitchen cabinet, lamps knocked over and smashed and an interior door broken.

While police were en route, Fiske allegedly returned in his vehicle and started driving around the house, "doing doughnuts," in the yard, before driving off.

Fiske apparently parked the car nearby and returned to the house, brandishing a knife and threatening the woman with it.

The victim's father then arrived in his car and Fiske reached inside the vehicle and attacked him, punching him in the head and face and threatened to kill him and his entire family.

By this time, police had arrived and Fiske ran off through the backyard when he spotted them.

Soon after, police then spotted the car driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on Asci Drive.

Two cruisers with lights and sirens activated gave chase, but Fiske failed to stop, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph, according to police.

Fiske continued on to Rose Terrace then onto Kittredge Road before he finally came to a stop and was taken into custody.

During a search, Fiske was allegedly found carrying a folding knife and the soles of the shoes he was wearing appear to match the impressions left on the door which was kicked in, police said.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to charges of violating an abuse prevention order, daytime felony breaking and entering, assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, vandalizing property, larceny from a building, threatening to commit a crime, failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating to endanger.

Judge William O'Grady revoked Fiske's bail on an open case of assault and battery of a pregnant person and vandalizing property. That case is tentatively scheduled for a June trial.

Fiske had was ordered back to court on April 12 for a dangerousness hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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