- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Pittsfield man has been held without bail as a dangerous person for allegedly beating and threatening the mother of his children as he drove drunk.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Scott Smith Jr. choked the woman at about 4 a.m. Saturday while she was driving him home after picking him up from an acquaintance’s house, where he had been passed out drunk.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1qrK5Fm ) reports that authorities allege when she pulled over, Smith jumped into the driver’s seat and drove 70 miles per hour while punching her. When he slowed down, the woman jumped from the car.

Smith was held after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including drunken driving and assault and battery.

Smith’s attorney said there were credibility issues with witnesses and the woman had no marks.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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