GREAT BARRINGTON — A town police officer who resigned last month amid drunken driving charges will go before a jury in November.
Daniel Bartini, 26, appeared in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday for a pretrial hearing. Judge Mark Pasquariello set a jury-of-six trial for Nov. 20 in Central Berkshire District Court.
Bartini was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after his April 27 arrest on the Massachusetts Turnpike. He was off duty at the time.
He was released on his own recognizance and pleaded not guilty to the charges at his May 20 arraignment, which had been delayed because he had entered rehabilitation immediately after the incident. His resignation from the Great Barrington Police Department was effective May 21.
Bartini was headed west on the turnpike at 5:40 p.m. when he was pulled over by a state trooper in Otis, according to the incident report.
The report also said that Bartini failed a field sobriety test and refused a Breathalyzer, and that he refused to produce his license and registration.
Based on reports from other motorists, police had been on alert for a driver in a speeding blue pickup truck moving erratically and nearly colliding with their vehicles, the trooper said in his report.
In 2016, Bartini was stopped by a Sheffield Police officer who said he was driving erratically, and said that Bartini and his passenger appeared intoxicated. Bartini was not subjected to tests or issued a citation, and police allowed the two to be picked up by another Great Barrington Police officer and driven home. The incident sparked an investigation by the town of Sheffield into police procedure.
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