Stolen truck, crash leads to North Adams man's 4th OUI charge

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PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man who police say has a "habit of stealing vehicles and taking them for rides" was charged with his fourth OUI offense after he allegedly stole a truck in Worcester and crashed it in Pittsfield.

Kevin O. Marshall, 49, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for next week.

He allegedly jumped in a Rutland Nurseries truck and drove off Tuesday when the driver stepped away from the truck to shovel some snow, according to Worcester Police, who said their was surveillance video of Marshall taking the truck.

He drove the stolen truck to Pittsfield, where he crashed into a van that was sitting at a stop sign at Taconic and South streets about 2:45 p.m., according to Pittsfield police.

The driver of the van told police that after the truck struck his van while turning off South Street, the driver of the truck backed up and tried again to make the turn — and struck his van again.

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When Marshall saw officers approaching the truck, police said, he began drinking from a bottle of alcohol and opened a can of beer and started drinking from that as well.

Police found a red cooler outside the truck's passenger side containing a large amount of beer cans, hard seltzer cans and a nearly empty bottle of whiskey.

Marshall was arrested and during booking, his blood alcohol concentration was recorded as 0.21 percent, more than twice the state's 0.08 legal limit to operate a motor vehicle, police said.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to fourth offense of operating under the influence; negligent operation of a vehicle; using a motor vehicle without authority; operating with a suspended license; receiving stolen property and drinking in public.

He was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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


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