Re­sist­ing ar­rest, other charges re­sults in time served

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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.

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