Pittsfield man found by police in bushes charged with OUI, leaving scene of an accident
PITTSFIELD — A witness told police when he asked the driver of a car that was just involved in an accident what happened and if he was OK, he allegedly replied, "I don't know," before walking away from the scene.
That driver, Mitchell T. Grossjung of Pittsfield, now faces multiple charges, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
About 9:06 p.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to Highland Avenue for a report of a crash.
The car driven by Grossjung struck a vehicle backing out of a driveway. The driver complained to police about back pain as a result.
Grossjung's car was traveling at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision, according to witnesses and police observations of the scene.
Grossjung's passenger was still present when police arrived and told police he wasn't driving but had been drinking "a little."
Police asked him how much Grossjung had to drink to which he replied, "he's not that bad."
The passenger told police he and Grossjung had "sort of" been going to bars that night.
A witness directed police to where he'd last seen Grossjung after he walked away from the crash.
Police found Grossjung in a wooded area behind a Hancock Road home laying in the bushes.
Police said Grossjung was showing signs of intoxication, but refused to take a field sobriety test and also later refused to submit to a breath test.
Grossjung allegedly told police during booking that he did not own a car nor did he drive that night.
Grossjung pleaded not guilty before Judge William A. Rota to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.
He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court on September 15 for a pretrial hearing.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.