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October 9, 2013

Salem woman jailed on alcohol-related charges

Prosecutor: The public must be protected

SALEM — A friendly gesture might have been the undoing of Jacquelyn Plum, 46.

On Sept. 30, Plum gave a wave to Officer Robert Kirley when she drove a yellow convertible through a construction zone on Bluff Street Extension.

On Monday, 10th Circuit Court Judge John A. Korbey ordered Plum held without bail until her next court hearing on one of four pending charges against her, all of them alcohol related.

The judge granted police prosecutor Jason Grosky’s motion to revoke Plum’s bail, apparently agreeing with Grosky’s argument that the only way to keep Plum sober and out of the driver’s seat was to put her behind bars.

Those were the conditions Plum had been free on — no driving, no alcohol consumption. But she continued to do both, according to court records.

“When you have a person flagrantly and repeatedly continuing to put lives and the safety of public in danger, at some point, enough is enough,” Grosky said yesterday.

Plum has two DWI convictions in Massachusetts, one in 1996 and one in 2005, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

She has four open cases in New Hampshire. Salem police have had plenty of interaction with her.

On Jan. 5, police were called to a local business for a report of an intoxicated female.

“We were called because she was being unruly,” Patten said.

Police responded and found Plum, as well as circumstantial evidence and open beer containers in her car that indicated she might have been drinking and driving, according to court records. They didn’t charge her, but instead took her into protective custody and later released her to a sober adult.

A few few months later, on March 30, Plum was involved in a traffic accident and was found to be intoxicated. She was charged with DWI, subsequent offense, and released. That case is still pending.

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