Pittsfield woman admits egging vehicle she thought was investigator's
PITTSFIELD -- A city woman who threw eggs at a car she thought belonged to a police investigator could see her charges dismissed if she pays restitution and stays out of trouble for six months.
Cynthia Palma, 51, of Pecks Road, lobbed three eggs at a passing SUV at about 8 p.m. April 13, according to Pittsfield Police. One of the eggs hit the car, chipping off paint and splattering across the side of the Dodge Journey, which was driven by a 27-year-old woman.
The woman told police she was so startled by the egg hitting her vehicle that she nearly crashed.
After Palma was confronted by the driver, she apologized and used soap and water to try and clean the mess, according to a police report.
When police showed up, Palma allegedly admitted throwing the eggs, but said she mistakenly thought it belonged to a Pittsfield Police investigator, whom she believed was driving up and down the road "harassing" her. The police report notes that the investigator wasn't working that day.
Three days earlier, another police officer responded to Palma's house in connection with a report that she was harassing some workers across the street from her home, police said. Palma said she believed the investigator put up cameras on a utility pole and parked a van to watch her, according to the report.
In Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday, Palma admitted to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on a charge of wanton destruction of property under $250. She had originally been charged with felony vandalism.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons asked that Palma be given a six-month continuation without a finding of guilt and that the defendant be ordered not to have contact with the victim during that time.
Palma's attorney, William B. Barry, told the court his client regretted her actions and knew it had been a stupid thing to do. He said she had offered to pay restitution to the woman.
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg gave Palma a six-month continuation without a finding of guilt, ordered her to have no contact with the victim and to pay restitution.
A restitution conference is scheduled for next month to determine how much money Palma will have to reimburse the woman.
If the defendant stays out of trouble for six months the charge will be dismissed.
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