SALEM — A Salem woman who had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit careened through a neighborhood early Saturday, knocking over fences, lights, hedges and more, police said.
Brooke Parent, 19, faces charges of aggravated DWI, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, police received a report of a highly intoxicated woman getting into a vehicle and driving away from Tedeschi's store on Main Street.
Salem police located the vehicle, a Ford Explorer, traveling east on Main Street. When the officer turned on his lights and siren, Parent took off, turning right on Granite Avenue, according to Deputy Chief Shawn Patten.
Parent drove over and onto several front yards, damaging lawns, fences, solar lights, hedges and a sign at several residences along the road. She then turned onto Park Avenue, striking a Dumpster, Patten said. She then turned onto Bernice Avenue, where she hit a tree and the Explorer finally stopped.
But Parent then jumped out of her car and ran into nearby woods, police said. Officers caught up with her as she came out into the athletic fields behind Woodbury School.
Parent was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. She was released on $500 cash bail pending her arraignment in Salem District Court.
The incident remains under investigation as police are gathering damage estimates from the victims, Patten said.
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