Great Barrington man arrested after string of run-ins with police

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Police have increased patrols and are calling for vigilance in the East Street neighborhood after a string of incidents in which they say a man tore lawlessly through town for several days and resisted efforts to help him.

Stanley Zalewski, 36, of East Street, was first spotted riding a bicycle in the middle of North Plain Road at around 3 p.m. May 15, with cars swerving around him, according to a statement from town Police Chief William Walsh.

When officers arrived, Zalewski told them that his bicycle was broken, and when officers offered to help him, he "continued to take an aggressive posture and refuse to follow directions," Walsh wrote.

"He told officers he was not going to jail and took a fighting stance," Walsh added, and "became more agitated."

Walsh said that Zalewski "kept police busy all weekend" as dispatch continued to receive complaints alleging he had jumped into the river on Grove Street half-naked and refused to wear a mask inside a local business. Callers also accused him of stealing items from a hotel room, trespassing and knocking on doors as he did so, Walsh said.

Police are asking residents to report any "unusual incidents."

Zalewski will be charged with disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 3 in Southern Berkshire District Court.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.

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