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Fourth OUI, plus other charges, land Deerfield cyclist in jail

DEERFIELD — A local man was arrested on a slew of charges, including drunken driving with three prior convictions, after allegedly crashing his motorcycle in Greenfield and proceeding home with police in tow.

Jeffrey W. Collins, 55, of 1A Tyler Way, was arrested at his home Thursday night, after Deerfield Police received a report that a man had taken a spill on a yellow Harley Davidson motorcycle on Greenfield’s Munson Street, and continued south toward Deerfield after righting the bike.

Deerfield Patrolman Mark Puchalski saw Collins driving the motorcycle south on Upper Road just before the Stillwater Bridge and the officer turned his cruiser around to stop the bike, according to Puchalski’s arrest report.

Puchalski caught up to the motorcycle as it approached Hoosac Road at a speed of 58 mph in a 40-mph zone, and turned on his cruiser’s blue lights to stop the vehicle, he wrote. The motorcycle continued for about a mile, signaled and took left turns onto Duncan Drive and Tyler Way, and stopped the bike in front of his residence, according to the report.

The officer noticed Collins’ eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and that his breath smelled of alcohol, he wrote. Collins admitted to consuming alcohol and failed field sobriety tests, according to Puchalski’s report.

Additionally, Puchalski found that the license plate on Collins’ cycle belonged to another bike, and that the man had lived at 1A Tyler Way for two years without notifying the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Collins was then arrested and taken to the county jail for the night when he couldn’t make the $7,500 bail.

Friday, Collins pleaded innocent to charges of operating under the influence of liquor as a fourth offense, drunken driving with a license suspended for OUI, driving with a revoked license as a subsequent offense, driving negligently as to endanger, failure to stop for police, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, illegally attaching plates to conceal identity, failure to notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of an address change, speeding, and failing to drive in the right lane, in Greenfield District Court.

While Collins’ list of current charges is long, his criminal history is also lengthy.

In 2011, he was convicted in Franklin Superior Court of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, sentenced to one year in jail, and given credit for time served since his April 2010 arrest.

Collins was also convicted on three prior charges of operating under the influence of liquor, for offenses in 2004 and 1986 in Whately, and 1994 in Hatfield. He was found innocent of a 1991 charge for OUI in Leverett.

Court documents listed dozens of arrests and convictions for Collins, dating as far back as the late 1970s.

Due in to his long criminal history, Collins was ordered held without bail pending the result of a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 @RecorderRain

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