Pittsfield man charged with using truck to attack woman, children


PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of repeatedly ramming his truck into a woman's car on Monday — with her three children inside — has been ordered held without bail.

Anthony Hoisington, 45, is facing multiple charges, including assault, in the incident. No one was injured during the ordeal.

The woman told police she and Hoisington had gotten into an argument and she decided to leave, so she had all of the children get into the car with her.

Hoisington allegedly followed in his truck and rammed the rear of the woman's vehicle with enough force to spin it completely around, according to court documents.

She was able to continue driving, but Hoisington allegedly struck the side of her car again.

She continued driving to the police station and lost sight of Hoisington when she pulled onto Allen Street about 9:35 p.m.

The vehicle was heavily damaged, making the rear passenger-side door impossible to open.

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At the same time, police received reports of a damaged and smoking vehicle near Dartmouth Street.

Police found Hoisington's abandoned and damaged truck blocking the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Benedict Road.

A search dog was brought in to help find Hoisington, and led officers to New Hampshire Avenue, but he could not be located.

Police later went to Hoisington's address, and he refused to come to the door until police ordered him out of the house.

"Why don't you just kill me?" he told officers as they arrested him.

Hoisington pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of reckless endangerment of a child and one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

At the request of the state, Judge Paul Smyth ordered Hoisington held without bail as dangerous. He is due back in court on May 30 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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