NORTH ADAMS -- Early Sunday morning, Massachusetts State Police (MSP) arrested a North Adams man on what was, according to the suspect, his ninth operating under the influence of liquor (OUI) charge.
David W. Cantoni, 57, of Ryan Street, was arraigned at Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, seventh offense; operating to endanger; a marked-lanes violation; an open-container violation; a number-plate violation; failure to notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of an address change; and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Cantoni was arrested at roughly 3 a.m. on Sunday by Trooper Noah H. Pack, of the MSP.
According to Pack’s report, the trooper observed Cantoni, driving a GMC pickup truck eastbound on East Main Street, swerving in and out of marked lanes and with an object obscuring his rear license plate. This prompted Pack to initiate a stop.
In speaking with the suspect, Pack detected the smell of alcohol in addition to noticing several empty beer cans inside the vehicle. Cantoni subsequently failed a field sobriety test and admitted to having consumed alcohol prior to operating the vehicle.
During the booking process at the station, Pack’s report follows, it came to light that Cantoni had been convicted of six separate OUI charges in the state of North Carolina. Cantoni then added that he’d been convicted of two more OUI
The two alleged in-state convictions could not be substantiated at the time of Cantoni’s court appearance, having occurred too long ago to appear in the state’s electronic database, Pack’s report states. The current charge will be amended upon confirmation of these convictions with state authorities.
Monday in court, the commonwealth motioned for a dangerousness hearing under state law Section 58A. The case will resume Wednesday.
Cantoni is being held at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction without bail.