Hinesburg woman cited for DUI, hits South Burlington Police cruiser

STAFF REPORT

South Burlington police say an intoxicated Hinesburg driver crashed into a median traffic sign and later backed into a police cruiser when she was pulled over on Dorset Street last Monday afternoon.

The incident resulted in two charges for Marlene Hart, 59, of Hinesburg.

South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple and Detective Sean Pope were on Kennedy Drive last Monday around 3:24 p.m. when, police said, “they observed a vehicle fail to navigate a turn onto Dorset Street. The vehicle drove onto a dividing median, and struck a traffic sign. The vehicle drove over the sign, causing the vehicle to become stuck for a brief time.”

The driver freed the vehicle from the sign and median and continued north on Dorset Street with Whipple and Pope following, police said. Police stopped the car on Aspen Circle.

However, after the car came to a stop, police said Hart put the vehicle into reverse and backed into Whipple’s police car. That collision was at a slow speed and didn’t damage the cruiser, Whipple said.

No one was injured, police said, but a preliminary breath sample indicated that Hart’s blood-alcohol level was .324 percent. In Vermont, a driver is considered intoxicated with a level of .08 percent.

Hart is scheduled to appear in Chittenden Superior Court on Aug. 9 to answer the charges of DUI-second offense and leaving the scene of an accident.

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