Sunday November 4, 2012

PITTSFIELD - The man who led police on a high speed chase through the city in a stolen pest control truck in May pleaded guilty to a myriad of charges on Thursday and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

In a Jury of Six session of the Central Berkshire District Court, the attorney for Sean R. Winston, 27, said the various crimes his client committed stemmed from a heroin addiction. According to attorney Joseph P. Colonna, Winston has cleaned up during his time awaiting the disposition of his case, about five months, and was there to "accept responsibility" for what he had done.

The morning of May 28, the Pittsfield Police received a report of a delivery truck stolen from Braman Chemical Enterprises.

The police were able to locate the vehicle through a GPS device inside the truck and gave chase after it was tracked to West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield.

Winston 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 before being cornered by Pittsfield and Lanes borough Police on Balance Rock Road in Lanesborough, according to a police report.

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


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On Thursday, Winston also pleaded guilty to a number of charges related to the May theft and use of a credit card -- he racked up $1,000 in charges -- the sale of heroin just before the chase and another unrelated driving infraction.

Judge Jacklyn M. Connly ordered Winston serve 18 months in the Berkshire Jail & House of Correction for the various crimes and recommended Winston for a jail-based drug rehabilitation program. The judge gave Winston a lesser sentence than the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office had been asking for.

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