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April 17, 2013

Police: Driver charged in fatal DWI crash caught drinking again

HAVERHILL — A city woman who is accused of a 2011 drunk driving accident that killed one of her Framingham State College classmates was ordered held without bail yesterday for allegedly drinking alcohol at a Framigham bar on Friday in violation of the terms of her pre-trial probation.

At a hearing yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, probable cause was found that Brooke Uttley, 23, of 30 Littlefield Court, Haverhill, violated the court’s order to refrain from drinking.

Uttley is charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating to endanger and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury in connection with the Dec. 3, 2011, crash that killed Ashley Donahue, 20, of Bridgewater. Three other people were injured in the crash, which came after a night of partying, police said.

Framingham police spokesman Lt. Ronald Brandolini said yesterday that an officer who was working a detail at T.G.I. Friday’s in Framingham on Friday evening saw Uttley at the restaurant’s bar.

“He recognized her from the case as he was one of the investigators,” Brandolini said. “He believed she wasn’t supposed to be drinking due to her pre-trial probation.”

At her arraignment April 5, 2012 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Uttley was released on conditions that included not drinking and undergoing random alcohol screenings.

Brandolini said the officer sent a text message to the assistant district attorney who is handling the case against Uttley, asking if she was allowed to drink under the conditions of her release. He said the officer then interviewed Uttley, who told him she was drinking cranberry juice and denied knowing there was vodka in the drink. A bartender told the officer that Uttley was drinking alcohol. Brandolini said a receipt from the bar showed that Uttley was drinking a cranberry juice and vodka cocktail.

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