East Street man causes disturbances, ‘jumps into river half naked’

Great Barrington — On May 15, police received a call of a bicyclist riding in the middle of North Plain Road obstructing traffic around 3 p.m.

Responding officers Mitchell Hamilton and James Bragdon arrived to find several vehicles swerving around Stanley Zalewski, 36, of 225 East St. Vehicles were being forced into the opposite lane, police Chief Bill Walsh said in a written statement.

Zalewski explained that his bicycle was broken and the officers offered to assist him. During the conversation, Zalewski continued to take an aggressive posture and refuse to follow directions. Zalewski told officers he was not going to jail and took a fighting stance. He became more agitated and would not cooperate with police. He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.

Zalewski kept police busy all weekend as police received numerous complaints of him jumping into the river on Grove Street half-naked, refusing to leave a local business for not wearing a mask and prompting a complaint from a local hotel for larceny of room items.

Police also received numerous complaints of Zalewski trespassing on people’s property and knocking on their doors. Great Barrington police ask people to be vigilant and call the department to report any unusual incidents. Police have increased patrols in the East Street neighborhood.