Police say teen was high, howling 'like an animal' at time of arrest

Tuesday September 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city teen facing four charges for allegedly breaking into a car, howling loudly and resisting arrest while high on drugs pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday in Central Berkshire District Court and was released on his own recognizance.

Police said Christopher Scott Connors, 19, of West Union Street, was high on formaldehyde-laced marijuana Friday at about 11 p.m. when he broke into a car on Burbank Street and attempted to break into another. When police arrived, Connors was having trouble standing and didn't respond to questions, but he then became agitated, howled "like an animal" and resisted being taken into custody, according to a Pittsfield Police report.

Connors was pepper-sprayed and it took three police officers to get him into a cruiser, law enforcement officials said.

The two cars were scratched in several places and one of them had a large dent in the roof, but nothing was taken in the break-in, according to the report.

The teen's mother allegedly told police her son had been smoking a lot of "leek." On several occasions, Connors had come home without clothes on and with no memory of what had happened, Connor's mother told police.

While the police report indicated the drug was a combination of marijuana and formaldehyde, according to several drug resources, including the 2003 book "Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy," the drug, also spelled "leak," is a combination of marijuana and PCP.

On Monday, Connors pleaded not guilty to felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and vandalism and misdemeanor resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg and is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 8 for a pretrial hearing. He is being represented by attorney Thomas C. Doyle.

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