GREAT BARRINGTON — A town man was injured seriously early Monday, after the car he was riding in crashed into a tree, police said, and the driver was arrested for allegedly operating while intoxicated.
Raphael Orlando Gutierrez, 20, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Benjamin Michael Badurski, 19, heading south on Hurburt Road when Badurski lost control and crashed on the east side of the roadway, according to a release from Great Barrington Police. An officer came upon the crash about 1:13 a.m.
Badurski, who was not injured, was able to get out of the vehicle, police said.
But, Gutierrez was trapped and had to be extricated with help from members of the Great Barrington Fire Department and Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad. He was treated at the scene and airlifted to the trauma unit at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The status of his condition could not be determined Monday evening.
The state police accident reconstruction and crime scene units, and an assistant district attorney from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, also responded. The Egremont Police Department assisted with traffic.
Badurski was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation, speeding and a marked-lane violation. He was released on $500 bail and was scheduled to appear in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.