Police charge man with 3rd OUI


PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing his third OUI charge after he allegedly harassed a woman and led police on a car chase through Pittsfield until being arrested.

Kyle P. Corbett, 53, was nearly three times over the legal limit to drive in Massachusetts when he was arrested Thursday, according to a police report. The arresting officer resorted to drawing his gun and Taser on Corbett when taking him into custody.

Police also found "several" bottles of alcohol and an open, half-full, still-cold beer in the center console.

About 8:45 p.m., police were dispatched to Fenn and Third streets to speak with a woman who said she was being harassed by Corbett.

She said she was walking when Corbett, driving a gold Jeep, offered her a ride.

During the ride, Corbett allegedly propositioned the woman, at which point she made him stop the car and let her out. Corbett allegedly kept circling the area and harassing her.

While police were speaking to her, she spotted the gold Jeep at a traffic light and pointed it out to officers.

Corbett appeared to flee once police activated their emergency lights and failed to stop for a traffic light at Fourth and Fenn streets and drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Fenn and East streets.

Corbett continued on East Street, took a "hard left" on Silver Lake Boulevard, jumped the curb and drove on to the lawn of Mountain One Financial, where he drove into the lot and came to a stop at its far end, with a flat front passenger side tire.

Corbett exited the Jeep and nearly fell over when he did so and was ordered onto the ground at gunpoint, police said.

Once on the ground, Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer Shaun W. Reagan holstered his weapon, but drew his Taser on Corbett until he deemed it was safe to put it away as well, and placed Corbett into custody.

Corbett was taken to the Pittsfield Police Department where he was booked and where he submitted to a chemical blood alcohol concentration test. That test showed a BAC of 0.23 percent, according to police. The legal BAC limit to drive in Massachusetts is 0.08 percent.

Corbett pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor (third offense), operating to endanger, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to stop, failure to stop for police and a marked lanes violation.

Corbett has two prior OUI convictions from 2004, according to police.

He was released on his own recognizance by Judge William Rota and given a pretrial hearing date of July 27.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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