Wednesday May 30, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The man police say led them on a chase through the city in a stolen pest control truck is being held on $100,000 bond following his arraignment on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Sean P. Winston, 26, of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including receiving a stolen motor vehicle and reckless driving in connection with Monday morning's police chase. The chase began on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield and ended when Pittsfield and Lanes borough Police were able to stop Winston on Balance Rock Road in Lanesborough.

The truck -- a stolen 2004 white Ford Ranger owned by a pest control company -- forced other drivers off the road, ignored traffic lights and stop signs, and swerved in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed, according to a police report.

The Braman Chemical Enter prises truck had been stolen from Brierwood Lane in Pittsfield sometime overnight between Sunday and Monday.

When finally cornered, Winston allegedly refused to obey police officers who had drawn their weapons. Winston had to be pulled from the truck.

A second man allegedly jumped out of the truck before the chase began. No charges have been filed against the 25-year-old as of Tuesday afternoon.

Police additionally charged Winston with drug distribution for allegedly selling $40 worth of heroin to Sean P. Zaw istowski, 25, of Pitts field, just before the chase.

Winston was also arraigned on 34 charges for allegedly racking up more than $1,000 in credit card charges on a stolen credit card taken from a city woman last week.


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He has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

On Tuesday, Winston was held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond by the agreement of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Winston's attorney, David M. Pixley. Winston will be back in court June 6.

Pesticides that were allegedly dumped by Winston in Pittsfield State Forest, near the top of Berry Pond Circuit Road, required cleanup under the supervision of the state De partment of Conservation and Recreation. The Pittsfield Fire Department also responded.

Meanwhile, Zawistowski was held without bail after his arraignment Tuesday in the same court on possession of heroin and conspiracy charges. He is already facing four open cases for a slew of alleged crimes, from breaking into cars to stealing scrap metal that occurred over the course of several months in 2011 and 2012. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will be back in court June 4.

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