Friday April 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 19-year-old woman was sentenced to two years in jail after admitting that while she was out on bail for selling cocaine, she was in a hit-and-run accident in which a woman was injured.

Elizabeth Perez of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Jury of Six session of the Berkshire District Court to a number of charges and was sentenced to two years in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg. The sentence was agreed upon by Perez’s attorney and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Perez made two hand-to-hand cocaine sales to a police informant in Pittsfield in August 2010, a few months after her 18th birthday, according to court records.

While out on bail for her drug case, Perez, driving without a license, crashed a rental car into a pickup truck and a Toyota Corolla while speeding through the intersection of South Merriam and West Housatonic streets. The July 8, 2011, accident sent one woman to the hospital for her injuries and damaged all three vehicles. The victim has since physically recovered.

The car had been rented by someone other than Perez, according to court documents.

The car was found abandoned two days later. The Pittsfield Police were able to connect Perez to the incident and arrested her on July 12, 2011.

On Tuesday, Perez also pleaded guilty to four charges related to the crash, including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.


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A civil case related to the crash is ongoing.

Perez was given credit for the 4 1/2 months she has already spent in jail.

Attorney Anthony Gianacopoulos, representing Perez, told the court his client was studying to get her GED and has plans for the future.

Rutberg told Perez to spend her time in jail productively or she would come out an "angry person" and could end up back in the court system.