Sheffield man sentenced to 14 months in jail for drunken driving crash
PITTSFIELD -- Less than a month after receiving a drunken driving conviction, a Sheffield man stole a car from a party, drove drunk, crashed the car and then broke into a nearby residence, according to police.
On Tuesday, the 24-year-old was sentenced to 14 months in jail for the charges.
Calvin Jones, of Undermountain Road, pleaded guilty in a Jury of Six session of Central Berkshire District Court to a number of charges, including second offense drunken driving, driving with a suspended license due to a previous drunken driving conviction, and leaving the scene of an accident.
On Nov. 3, 2012, Great Barrington Police responded to Christian Hill Road for a reported one-car crash and discovered a 2001 Audi A4 had left the road and hit several trees before coming to a stop on private property, according to police and prosecutors.
About an hour later, police responded to a reported breaking and entering on the same road. A woman said she woke up after hearing someone downstairs. When she confronted Jones, who she caught walking up her stairs toward the second floor, he told her "I'm working," according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons.
When police arrived, Jones had fled, but was arrested a short time later in the same neighborhood. Police said his blood alcohol level was 0.14, or nearly twice the legal limit for driving.
Parsons said that the car Jones was driving had been stolen from a party in Great Barrington. Jones and the 23-year-old Millerton, N.Y., woman whose car it was had both attended the party.
Jones had a previous conviction for drunken driving from Southern Berkshire District Court from Oct. 4, according to Great Barrington Police.
On Tuesday, Jones took a plea deal brokered by his attorney, Ryan E. Bausch, and Parsons and was sentenced to 14 months at the Berkshire Jail & House of Corrections.
He had charges of breaking and entering and theft of a motor vehicle continued without a finding of guilt for two years. During that probationary period, he must refrain from drinking alcohol, will be randomly tested, and must pay restitution of more than $5,000 for the damage the car sustained in the accident.
Judge Robert S. Murphy Jr. told Jones that it was apparent his criminal behavior was alcohol-related and that he hoped Jones would be able to deal with his addiction. The judge said he would recommend to jail officials that Jones be allowed to participate in a residential substance abuse treatment program while incarcerated.
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