PITTSFIELD — A 50-year-old Westborough woman allegedly took matters into her own mouth when told her son wouldn't be able to take a scheduled driver's test Thursday morning.

Ilyse Levine-Kanji is accused of biting the forearm of a driving instructor and threatening to stab him with his own pen before fleeing the scene, according to police.

According to witnesses, Levine-Kanji and her 18-year-old son arrived at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for the test around 11 a.m.

The instructor deemed it was unsafe for Levine-Kanji's son to take the test and said he wouldn't be allowed to do so.

The report does not specify the reason for refusing the test.

Levine-Kanji asked the instructor to reconsider and allow her son to take the test.

When he again refused, Levine-Kanji allegedly grabbed a pen from the instructor's shirt and raised it above her head and brought it down in an apparent stabbing motion, according to the instructor.

When he grabbed her arm to prevent being stuck with the pen, Levine-Kanji allegedly bit him on the forearm, causing lacerations, police said.

She and her son then got back in their vehicle and drove off.

The vehicle was stopped on the Massachusetts Turnpike by state police and she was placed under arrest.

She was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court before Judge William Rota and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon (pen) and assault and battery.

A pretrial hearing in the case is set for Sept. 1.


Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.