Zach Zeigler stands before Judge John Payne
Other than the Blarney Blowout, Amherst arraignments heard on Monday morning at the Eastern Hampshire District Court (covering weekend arrests) don't seem to generate much buzz as the bailiffs, prosecutors and clerks office personnel have pretty much seen it all.
Zachary Zeigler managed to make himself an outlier -- and that's a bad thing. The almost unanimous comment I heard this morning in the courtroom while picking up my public documents request from yesterday was, "He's lucky he did not get shot!" Indeed.
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As the father of a seven-year-old who sleeps in a bunk bed I'm not sure how I would have reacted to finding Mr. Zeigler passed out in the lower bunk but I'm pretty sure Amherst police would have had to call in the Amherst Fire Department to transport him to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
In Court yesterday Zeigler seemed to have no idea of the severity of the incident telling Judge Payne he wanted to settle the case immediately as he has a job in his hometown that starts on Friday. The Judge barely glanced at the prosecutor's table while shaking his head side to side.
Zeigler then said he would hire an attorney. The Judge continued his case until June 3rd and transferred probation oversight to a District Court near his hometown, but with a provision he is continuously, "tested for alcohol."
Judge Payne then glared at Zeigler and said in no uncertain terms, "If you come back before me having tested positive for alcohol, you will spend your summer in Hampshire County -- and it will not be a vacation!"