Vermont State Police say a Jeffersonville woman was drunk and texting when she drove off the road in Charlotte, Saturday evening.
Zancy VonHooks, 59, was uninjured in the crash just before 8 p.m. along Church Hill Road near the intersection with Hinesburg Road, according to a police news release. She was wearing a seatbelt and driving a 2011 Land Rover Range Rover that was not badly damaged, police said.
Police said that VonHooks told troopers that she went off the road to avoid hitting a deer, but other factors soon became apparent.
“While speaking with troopers, VonHooks showed signs of impairment,” Trooper Bradley Miller wrote in the news release. “Further investigation found VonHooks to be under the influence of alcohol. It was also found that VonHooks was texting and driving just prior to the crash.”
The weather was clear and the road was dry at the time of the incident, Miller noted.
VonHooks was taken to the Williston State Police barracks where she was later released with a citation to appear in Chittenden Criminal Court on July 18 to answer to the charge of Driving Under the Influence, first offense. She also was issued a civil citation for texting while driving, Miller’s report said.