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Harrington Disputes Suggestions Of Preferential Treatment During Traffic Stop

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Josh Landes
Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

After being pulled over for a traffic violation that revealed she was driving with a suspended license, the Berkshire County District Attorney says she didn’t receive preferential treatment from police. 

Andrea Harrington, elected in 2018, was given a verbal warning and let go by a Pittsfield Police officer on September 1st, despite the suspended license stemming from a June 2019 incident in New York state.

“You know, I was pulled over in New York," said the DA. "I didn’t show the officer my badge. I wanted to just from the beginning just pay my ticket, I didn’t want to go to a hearing. I never ever tried to say I’m the District Attorney. Everything was from me personally. I really do try to hold myself to a high standard.”

Harrington’s license has since been restored.

The incident was first reported by The Berkshire Eagle.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.