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August 27, 2013

Police say drunken driver hit two men at park

HAVERHILL — After backing her sports utility vehicle into two men and knocking them off their feet, Maureen Schofield was approached by several bystanders, one of whom asked if she was in diabetic shock.

Police said she responded,”No, I’m just an alcoholic.”

The bystander also told police that when he asked the woman if she knew it was illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, she replied, “It is?” and “I didn’t know.”

Police say Schofield, 65, of 110 Westchester Drive, was drunk when she backed her 2011 Chevy Equinox out of a parking spot across from the tennis shack at Winnekenni Park and struck two North Andover men on Sunday.

The two men, Manuel Leon, 88, and Miguel Cabrera, 63, both of 220 Andover Bypass St., North Andover, told police they were standing on the grass and chatting on the Winnekenni Basin side of the road that runs through the park.

Police said Leon was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for “non-incapacitating” injuries, while Cabrera drove himself to the hospital to be checked.

The incident was reported to police at 12:26 p.m., shortly after the start of Winnekenni Castle’s Classic Car Show. Police said the entrance to the park was very busy at the time with people coming and going.

Schofield was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Haverhill District Court.

Judge Patricia Dowling released her on personal recognizance but with several conditions. Schofield must attend four AA meetings a week, must attend a Structured Outpatient Addiction Program and must remain drug-and alcohol-free. The judge also issued a 60-day warning. If Schofield commits another violation while her case is pending she could be ordered held for up to 60 days without bail. Schofield must return to court on Sept. 18 for a pretrial hearing.

According to a police report, when Patrolman Guy Cooper arrived at the park the 88-year-old man was lying on his back and several people were comforting him. Cooper wrote in his report that with the help of bystanders he placed a blanket under the man’s head, while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

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