Pittsfield woman allegedly tried to steal car, spat on officers

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PITTSFIELD — When police arrived at the scene near the Tyler Street car wash, they found an agitated woman being held down by her arms.

Cynthia C. Costigan, 51, of Pittsfield, was growling and fighting against a stranger whose car she just tried to steal, according to police. She told officers she had smoked crack cocaine.

The man told police he had left his car running about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday while he went into a store to cash a check. While inside, he saw a woman drive away in his car.

He ran after the car, and caught up to it when the woman stopped at a traffic light, the man told police. He opened the passenger door, pulled the woman out, and held her down until police arrived.

After being handcuffed, Costigan appeared unsteady on her feet and was unable to form understandable sentences, police said. She allegedly kicked and spat upon officers as they tried to put her in the back seat of a cruiser.

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While being booked at the station, Costigan threatened to kill people, yelled about ships and was unable to stand upright. She declined medical treatment.

A background check showed Costigan's driver's license was revoked.

She pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.

Judge Mark Pasquariello set at $500 and ordered her to undergo a competency evaluation.

She is due back in court on Jan. 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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