Pittsfield man pleads not guilty to motor vehicle violations, driving under influence


PITTSFIELD -- A 33-year-old man, who was hospitalized after he crashed while fleeing police and then slipped past his hospital guard only to be recaptured, is being held on $170,000 bond after pleading not guilty to 14 charges on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Jamie M. Spagnuolo, who is represented by attorney Michelle Mechta, denied multiple vehicle and traffic violations, plus driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, escape, breaking and entering and larceny.

According to the Pittsfield Police, Spagnuolo was admitted to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment July 23 following a high-speed police chase in which he ran another vehicle off the road before crashing his car into a fire hydrant on East Street.

Spagnuolo escaped from BMC two days later after his shackles were removed for a medical procedure and shortly before his scheduled arraignment on the earlier charges.

Besides a slew of charges related to the alleged chase, Spagnuolo also pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering and larceny for the alleged theft of the hospital gown he was wearing when he made his escape. Police say Spagnuolo also broke in to an acquaintance's house and took a hooded sweatshirt while on the run.

Spagnuolo was recaptured on Lake and Fourth streets that day after an hour-long manhunt.

On Wednesday, Judge John A. Agostini ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $17,000 cash or $170,000 bond.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo and was investigated by the Pittsfield Police Department, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and state troopers assigned to the Cheshire barracks.


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