Pittsfield man held without bail for allegedly beating woman while drunk driving


PITTSFIELD -- A city man with a history of violence is being held without bail as a dangerous person for allegedly beating up and threatening the mother of his children as he drove drunk in Lanesborough.

Scott Smith Jr., 27, of Holmes Road, allegedly choked the 26-year-old woman about 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Lanesborough police, while she was driving him to Pittsfield after picking him up from an acquaintance's house, where he had been passed out drunk and unresponsive.

When she pulled over to the side of the road, Smith jumped into the driver's seat. The woman told police that Smith was hitting 70 mph while punching her. When he slowed down, the woman jumped from the car and returned to the residence where she had picked him up.

Smith drove back to the house in the woman's Nissan Altima and attempted to run down three people who were outside of the house, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Megan Tesoniero.

Smith then left in the car and headed back toward Pittsfield.

Lanesborough Police officers stopped the vehicle on North Main Street after the car was seen swerving across the center line, according to a police report. Smith failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of 0.13, according to Tesoniero.

While being taken into custody, Smith allegedly threatened the woman who had arrived to retrieve her car.

"Wait until you see what happens to you when you get back to Pittsfield," Smith told the woman, according to the report.

The woman later told police there had been other instances of abuse during the time they were together. Whenever she planned to call the police or get a restraining order, Smith would threaten to "stab or shoot" her, the woman alleged.

Smith appeared before Central Berkshire District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to single counts of second offense drunken driving, domestic assault and battery, use of a motor vehicle without authority and driving with a suspended license.

Smith's attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., told the court there were believability issues with the complaining witness. He said police were unable to find any marks on the woman and that she didn't tell police about the alleged abuse until the next day. He asked that Smith not be held.

The woman, who was in court to get a restraining order extended, said she had bruises and was willing to show them to the judge. She said she was frightened of Smith.

Rutberg extended the restraining order for a year.

Tesoniero, when asking the court to hold Smith without bail, cited the defendant's criminal past, which includes convictions for cocaine trafficking, home invasion and armed assault to murder. She pointed out that Smith had been charged with violating an abuse prevention order against the same woman in the past.

Rutberg ordered Smith held without bail for up to 120 days. The defendant is due back in court on Nov. 15.

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