Warrant issued for 'belligerent' Pittsfield unicyclist
PITTSFIELD -- A court warrant is out for a unicyclist who allegedly refused to stop riding his vehicle through a crowded street festival in 2012.
Patrick Ruscetta, 21, of Wahconah Street, was supposed to have a Jury of Six trial on Monday for charges of disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. But when he didn't show, Judge Charles W. Groce III issued a non-bailable warrant for the defendant.
According to the Pittsfield Police, at about 5:30 p.m., Sept. 19, 2012, Sgt. Michael Hill saw Ruschetta riding his unicycle on North Street during Third Thursday, Pittsfield's centerpiece cultural event held downtown monthly between May and October. In Hill's report, he stressed the large number of people who attend the event, including many families and children. Bicycles and skateboards are prohibited from being used in the event area.
Hill said he explained to Ruscetta politely that he would have to dismount the unicycle and walk it through the North Street area.
Ruscetta was "immediately belligerent" with Hill, began using profanity and cursing in front of "event patrons of various ages" and when told he needed to stop or risked arrest for disturbing the peace, became even more belligerent, according to the report.
When Hill attempted to take him into custody, he resisted arrest, and when told to stop he told Hill, "I'm gonna fight you," police said.
Ruscetta allegedly continued to struggle as the officer attempted to get him into cuffs, so much so that bystanders yelled at Ruscetta to listen to Hill and stop resisting.
Ruscetta denied the charges at his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court in September 2013. He had been free on personal recognizance.
On Monday, Ruscetta's attorney Thomas C. Doyle and Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler were there for trial, but the defendant wasn't. A default warrant was issued for him.
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