Pittsfield man allegedly made threats to blow up state police barracks


PITTSFIELD -- State police say a 25-year-old man threatened to shoot people and blow up the state police barracks during his arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Marquis Williamson of Perrine Avenue, Pittsfield, is being held in jail after his bail was revoked on Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Williamson was arrested after he allegedly led police on a brief chase through a city neighborhood Wednesday night around 10. Police said a front seat passenger was hanging part-way out of the vehicle during the pursuit in an attempt to get out of the car.

When Williamson was in custody and being transported to the state police barracks in Cheshire and during the booking process, Williamson told troopers he knew how to make pipe bombs, threatened to blow up the barracks, and said he would "go on a rampage on innocent people so that the state police would have to live with the consequences in their thoughts," according to a police probable cause report.

"I'm not just talking crazy," he allegedly told police.

In a report about the incident, a state trooper called Williamson "one of the most disrespectful persons that I ever dealt with."

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Wednesday was the second time Williamson was arrested on a drunken driving charge in a little more than a month.

On Thursday, Williamson was arraigned on 10 charges before Judge Paul M. Vrabel and pleaded not guilty to the crimes.

Among the charges he is facing are three counts of witness intimidation and single counts of making a bomb threat, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and drunken driving.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked that Williamson have his bail status revoked from a November drunken driving case and be given $5,000 bail on the new charges from Wednesday. Williamson did not contest either the bail or revocation requests. Vrabel allowed both.

Williamson can be held for 60 days without bail and after that time must post $5,000 cash or bond to be released from the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Williamson, represented by attorney John A. Bernardo, is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 18.

Williamson's earlier drunken driving case remains pending. In that case, he was arrested by state troopers after allegedly coming close to side-swiping a police cruiser that had stopped another vehicle on the side of the road.


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