Man arrested on weapons, OUI charges after shots fired in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who led police on a high-speed chase and crashed after a shooting incident early Tuesday has been released on personal recognizance.

Domingo Sobers, 28, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court later Tuesday to multiple firearms and motor vehicle charges.

Prosecutors sought to have Sobers held without bail as dangerous, but that motion was denied by Judge Robert Santaniello.

No one was injured in the shooting, which was detected by the city's ShotSpotter system about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, but police found evidence at the scene near Daniels Avenue and Union Street.

While en route, officers saw the driver of a gray Jeep Cherokee pull out of Francis Avenue and drive through a stop sign while turning left onto Linden Street, according to a police report. The vehicle was similar to a vehicle police believed to be involved in the shooting.

Sobers, who was driving the Jeep, refused to stop and continued to drive past stop signs and accelerate, the report said. At one point, he drove the wrong way along a one-way section of Bradford Street.

The Jeep crossed both lanes of North Street and struck a curb, causing it to become airborne before striking the fence and a tree outside St. Joseph's Church.

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Sobers tried to flee on foot and refused to show his hands to officers before being taken into custody, police said. He declined medical treatment.

When asked why he tried to leave the scene, Sobers allegedly replied, “Because I was drinking.”

Police found a silver-and-black 9 mm handgun in plain view on the floor of the front passenger side of the Jeep. Sobers does not own a firearms license or a firearms identification card, police said.

Sobers refused to take field sobriety tests and a breath test.

He pleaded not guilty to one count each of carrying a firearm without a license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, improper operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop or yield and a marked-lanes violation.

He is due back in court Oct. 8 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249


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