By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a motorist was hospitalized and then arrested on a charge of drunken driving early yesterday morning after she crashed into a building on Washington Square North and then reversed into a fence on Salem Common.
Kathryn Rose Maloney, 20, of 26 Pleasant St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of drunken driving after she was transported to North Shore Medical Center with a bloody nose and mouth.
Officers responded to Washington Square and Pleasant Street shortly before 2:30 a.m. and found a 2004 Nissan Altima against the rod iron fence on the common. According to the incident log, Maloney said she had been trying to make a left turn from Washington Square onto Pleasant Street when she lost control of her vehicle.
Maloney “stated she felt the vehicle pull to the left, and then accelerate into the building” at 53 Washington Square North, wrote police.
“She indicated that the engine was still racing when her passenger....reached over the center console, attempted to pull her foot off the gas,” police wrote. “She thinks that the passenger may have hit the gear shift in the console, and pushed it from drive to reverse.”
The vehicle then “shot backward” across Washington Square, jumped over an island and crashed into a section of fence, police wrote.
The passenger accompanied Maloney to the hospital but did not complain of any injuries.
Police found Maloney in the waiting room at the hospital later and asked her to submit to a field sobriety test, according to the log.
She reportedly failed three and was arrested.