WILLIAMSTOWN -- A 39-year-old Rhode Island man is facing several charges after he allegedly struck police while being arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of operating under the influence of liquor.
Steven L. Sorrentino, of Saint Johns Circle in North Providence, R.I., was arraigned Wednesday on charges of second-offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest in Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams.
Sorrentino allegedly used a condominium door and his fists to assault two officers who’d followed his vehicle to Stratton Road Condominiums on Stratton Road at roughly 9:20 p.m., according to a report by Williamstown Police Officer Michael Ziemba.
Police had earlier received two calls from residents reporting a potential intoxicated driver on town roads along with a vehicle description.
They located the vehicle on Main Road and followed it to Stratton, where the operator, later identified as Sorrentino, exited his vehicle in the condominiums’ parking lot and attempted to run inside one of the property’s buildings.
The report says Sorrentino was ordered to stop but did not, and he struck Officer Preston Kelly "attempting to slam [the condominium] door," leading to the assault with a dangerous weapon charge.
He also resisted arrest, "[beginning] to hit [Kelly]," before he was subdued. The report said Sorrentino smelled strongly of alcohol, slurred words and could not walk straight.
Sorrentino’s arrest records showed a prior operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor charge in Road Island in 2011. He later posted $300 bail.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for May 22.
-- Phil Demers