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Michael Rosa of Northampton held on $2,500 bail after denying multiple charges in court, including third drunken driving offense

— A Northampton man was ordered held on $2,500 bail after denying charges including a third-offense charge of drunken driving and vandalizing his holding cell.

Michael T. Rosa, 51, 129 Pleasant St., apt. 40 pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (third offense), operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended for operating under the influence, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, using a motor vehicle without authority (second offense), and vandalizing with a noxious or filthy substance.

According to police, Rosa was stopped by officers about 1:05 a.m. Monday for operating a vehicle with an invalid registration.

License already revoked

During the stop it was revealed the Rosa’s license had been revoked for a prior drunken driving conviction and the vehicle’s owner had not given Rosa permission to take it.

Also, officers reportedly determined that he had been drinking, and failed a series of field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest, according to police.

While in custody, police said Rosa vandalized he holding cell and surveillance camera, leading to the vandalizing charge.

Rosa is due back in court on Jan. 23.

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