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October 9, 2013

Salem woman jailed on alcohol-related charges

Prosecutor: The public must be protected


Just hours later, police stopped a vehicle in which Plum was a passenger and discovered she had an open container of liquor, illegal in New Hampshire. She was cited in that case, too.

Plum appeared in court Aug. 28 to answer to the DWI, subsequent offense charge, but her lawyer couldn’t make it. The judge released her and ordered her to appear the next day with her lawyer.

But later that day, at about 5:30 p.m., someone reported seeing a woman “passed out” at the wheel of a yellow convertible at a light on Route 28. Other drivers reportedly honked their horns in an effort to rouse her, at which time she drove on, but nearly hit other vehicles, a mailbox and a bicyclist, according to court records.

Police responded to a home on Millville Circle and found Plum, passed out behind the wheel of a Toyota Spyder, keys in the ignition and a cup on wine with ice in the console. She was arrested again and charged with DWI, subsequent offense.

Plum and her attorney did appear in court the next day, Aug. 29. Bail was set at $10,000 cash on both DWI charges. She was released under conditions that included she not drive.

It was just a month later, Sept. 30, when Kirley was working a construction detail on Bluff Street Extension. Plum drove past in a yellow convertible and waved to the officer, according to court records. Kirley recognized Plum because he was the officer who arrested her in March.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Plum for driving after her license was suspended and for violating her bail conditions.

Grosky, in pleading his case Monday, said there were “signifcant safety concerns and questions” about Plum’s ability to follow the law and court orders, given her history. He asked the judge to revoke her bail and keep her in jail until her next court appearance.

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