A Pittsfield man was found guilty of DUI-related offenses, as well as of endangering the welfare of a child, during a jury trial on Dec. 12.
Shawn D. Little, 167 Bear Run Lane, Pittsfield, was found guilty of DUI: General impairment incapable of safe driving fourth offense, DUI: General impairment Incapable of Safe Driving Refusal fourth offense and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. All of those charges are first degree misdemeanors. Little was also found guilty of misdemeanor illegally operating vehicle not equipped with ignition, interlock and summary general lighting requirements.
The two DUI counts as well as both cases carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The mandatory sentence for the DUI charges is one year imprisonment and a $2,500 fine, according to a release from the Warren County District Attorney's office.
The charges stem from a Aug. 26, 2012 incident when Little was driving a 2000 Ford Sedan bearing New York registration, with his child in the vehicle, while he, according to the release "drove after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol such that he was rendered incapable of safe driving." He subsequently "refused to provide a sample of his breath or blood for chemical testing."
Judge Gregory Hammond presided over the trial. Erika Mills represented Little and District Attorney Ross McKeirnan prosecuted the case for the Commonwealth.