Resisting arrest, other charges results in time served
A Usher Street man who violently tried to prevent his arrest and escape from police was sentenced to time he had already spent in jail awaiting sentencing.
Keith Alfred Berkeley, 32, was arrested March 27 last year after police responded to a reported domestic argument in a Market Street building.
Officers found a man and woman in a fight and learned the man, Berkeley, was not only on court conditions but was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
When the officers tried to arrest Berkeley, he smashed out a nearby window and tried to escape. Then he tried to pull out a concealed knife.
While being taken to the police station, Berkeley smashed out the rear driver’s side window of the police cruiser.
In court, Berkeley pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer while resisting arrest, mischief under $5,000 and breaking bail conditions.
But he also cleared up charges from the previous year.
He pleaded guilty to breaking bail conditions in November 2017 and again in July 2018, when he was found outside without a court-ordered surety and in possession of cocaine. Five other charges were withdrawn.
Justice Colette Good credited Berkeley with already having served 180 days in jail. She ordered he get assessed or counselling for anger management and substance abuse.
Berkeley was also in court at the end of August when he pleaded guilty before Justice Kathleen Baker to fraud under $5,000 on June 14 and June 16 in 2016.
Baker gave him a time-served sentence of the equivalent of 90 days.