Saturday December 8, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department deputy is facing drunken driving and harassment charges in New York state following a traffic stop late last month, according to information recently released by New York law enforcement officials.

Deputy Sheriff Paula M. Baratto, 41, of Dalton, was stopped by state troopers on state Route 351 in the town of Poestenkill, N.Y., on Nov. 30 after being observed driving erratically, according to the New York State Police.

Law enforcement officials allege she failed field sobriety tests at the scene and later, while being pr-ocessed at the Sand Lake state police station, she kicked one of the troopers.

Baratto was charged with drunken driving and harassment.

She was released after being processed.

Her next court date at Poestenkill Town Court or the name of her attorney weren’t immediately available.

A phone call to Sheriff Thomas Bowler wasn’t immediately returned.

The New York State Police recently released the information about the arrest.