Elliot Bilzerian came before Judge Benjamin Barnes in Edgartown District Court Friday morning on charges stemming from a chase he allegedly led police on in December. Both Chilmark Police and Massachusetts State Police filed charges following the alleged chase.
Upon contemplating arguments made by Bilzerian’s attorney, Martin Tomassian, Judge Barnes threw out state police charges of failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation. A state police charge of disorderly conduct was preserved, as were Chilmark Police charges of failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. Bilzerian is scheduled to appear in court again on April 10.
This was a clear case of ‘ over-charging ‘. Go back and get the audio recordings from the comm center from that evening and you will hear it. The Chilmark and West Tisbury chose not to pursue the vehicle they believed to be involved due to weather conditions at the time. A BOLO was put out–without a legal reason for the State Police to stop the vehicle. The Judge even recognized that fact and dismissed those charges.
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