Lanesborough man charged with fifth OUI gets jail, treatment

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NORTH ADAMS — A Lanesborough man who was hit with his fifth drunken driving charge last year has been sentenced to six months in a jail and treatment facility.

David Schilling, 55, was arrested about 3:38 p.m. Feb. 20, 2018, after town police responded to reports of an erratic motor vehicle crossing the center line and nearly striking oncoming traffic on Simonds Road in Williamstown.

Once they pulled Schilling over, police observed Schilling had bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol on his breath, and slurred speech. After a series of field sobriety tests, he was determined to be intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint filed in Northern Berkshire District Court by Williamstown Police Officer John McConnell.

Inside Schilling's car, police found two cans of beer on the floor behind the driver's seat and two nip bottles of whiskey in the front seat — one three-quarters full and one half full.

Schilling pleaded guilty to operating under the influence, second offense, a reduction from the originally filed fifth offense charge. He also admitted to possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle as was found responsible for a marked lanes violation.

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He was sentenced to two years in jail, but 18 months of that was suspended.

He will serve six months at the Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center, a treatment-focused minimum security facility overseen by the Hampden County Sheriff's Office in Springfield.

Schilling will be on probation March 10, 2021.

Judge Jennifer Tyne also ordered Schilling to surrender his driver's license for two years and pay a $2,000 fine.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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