Wednesday September 5, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city woman police say was hanging from a moving car because she had a grip on the driver's hair during a fight pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanors on Tuesday.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Candace D. Mateo, 32, of Barker Road, denied charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was released on her own recognizance.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, officers responded to a report of a fight near Adrien's Diner on Wahconah Street over the weekend.

When they arrived, a white car sped around the corner from Briggs Avenue onto Wahconah Street and stopped directly in front of their patrol car. That's when police saw Mateo hanging from the vehicle, punching into the open window.

Mateo, who had hold of the driver's hair, had to be physically removed from the side of the car, said police.

When police were taking Mateo into custody, she allegedly resisted, telling them, "You can't handle a girl."

When she was being booked, police said, Mateo told them she didn't do anything wrong and that if the police had waited another "two minutes" they would "have had a case."

The driver, 31-year-old Sha niqua Reale, was not charged, according to police.

Mateo, represented by attorney John A. Bernardo, is scheduled to be back in court in October for a pretrial hearing.