Easthampton woman charged with 4th OUI offense 

Staff Writer
Published: 6/25/2019 4:35:17 PM

EASTHAMPTON – An Easthampton woman was arraigned Monday on charges that include a fourth offense for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol after police arrested her at a city home on Sunday, according to the Easthampton Police Department. 

Victoria Caruthers, 56, pleaded not guilty to the OUI charge in Northampton District Court as well as negligent operation of a motor vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating after license suspension for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol while driving intoxicated, and numerous traffic violations. She was ordered held on $10,000 bail. 

The Easthampton Police Department began receiving numerous 911 calls about an erratic motor vehicle operator in the downtown area around 12:43 p.m. on Sunday, the department reported on its Facebook page.  

Police allege that the vehicle struck two different vehicles, as well as the stop sign on Northampton Street and that it was located with the help of several citizens as it returned to its registered residence.

Once the vehicle had pulled in, police say that Caruthers, who was allegedly operating the vehicle, tried to flee into the house. Officers detained her, however, and allege that she displayed slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing on her own power.

Caruthers’ drivers license was already suspended for OUI at the time of her arrest.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.



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