PITTSFIELD -- A city man is being held without bail for allegedly causing a disturbance at a local bar and then drunkenly crashing into a police cruiser that had come to investigate.
James Scales IV, 26, who already was facing seven felony charges for allegedly stealing from a former employer, was charged with felony vandalizing property and misdemeanor drunken driving in the incident late Friday outside the Parkside Restaurant on West Housatonic Street.
Scales allegedly threw a bar stool out of the front door and then smashed a glass window with his fists, police said. As he was trying to leave the scene, he backed his car into a police cruiser -- with its lights flashing -- that was responding to the disturbance inside.
Police said Scales appeared to be "heavily intoxicated" and failed field sobriety tests.
He was already facing seven felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly breaking into a safe back in December 2012 and stealing about $450 in cash and $900 in checks from Berkshire West Athletic Club on Dan Fox Drive, where he had been employed.
Police said Scales disabled a security camera during the time of the theft.
He also was charged with stealing a gum ball machine with a friend, breaking into a sport utility vehicle parked in the club's parking lot and making off with $50. During an attempted break-in to another gum ball machine he got $1, said police. These alleged crimes occurred in November and December.
In the midst of the investigation into the crimes, Scales asked his boss for a pay raise, police said.
Scales eventually confessed to some of the crimes, police said, but he denied taking the money from the safe of SUV.
He told investigators that he had become addicted to pain killers after suffering a serious head injury in a motorcycle accident and that he began abusing suboxone after his insurance ran out, according to the report.
He is scheduled to go to trial for those charges on Sept. 7.
Scales pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to his newest charges.
His attorney in the newest case, Julie Forest, told the court that her client had been "trying to stay out of trouble" after his December arrest and that what allegedly happened on Friday was "out of the norm for him."
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked the court to revoke the defendant's bail in his previous case.
Judge Paul M. Vrabel revoked Scale's bail and ordered him held for 60 days.
Scales is scheduled to be back in court in September.