Pittsfield motorcycle driver arraigned

Wednesday September 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The motorcycle driver who allegedly struck a police officer directing traffic posted $500 cash bail after pleading not guilty to two felonies and several misdemeanors on Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court.

An attorney for Malik Grandson, 20, of John Street, told the court that his client didn't intentionally hit Pittsfield Police Officer Sean Klink and was cooperative with police after being taken into custody.

According to a police report, shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday Grandson, who was not licensed to drive a motorcycle, approached road construction on Fourth Street near Silver Lake Boulevard on a dirt bike, and struck Klink after the officer motioned for him to stop. Grandson "accelerated and drove directly toward" Klink, the report stated.

In court, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office said Klink suffered a possible concussion, as well as a dislocated finger and bruising on his left side.

Police said Grandson was found about 45 minutes later hiding in a Lake Street home.

On Wednesday, Grandson pleaded not guilty to single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving without a license, having an unregistered and unlicensed motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer, and breaking and entering in the daytime for a misdemeanor.

Attorney Glenn W. Keiderling Jr., representing Grandson, said his client is a life-long resident of the county, a student at Berkshire Community College and holds down a job.

Grandson's extended family was in the courtroom to support him, said the attorney.

The DA's office asked for $10,000 cash bail, citing the nature of the alleged crimes.

Judge William P. Hadley gave Grandson $500 cash or $5,000 bond, which the defendant later posted. Grandson is scheduled to be back in court next month.


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