, Salem, MA

June 12, 2013

Police: Woman used stranger as driver

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say an intoxicated woman’s novel choice of a designated driver backfired Monday when her car was stolen and police took her into protective custody.

Police received a 2:29 p.m. report yesterday that a woman had allowed “an unknown female” to drive her in her car from Lynn to Salem the day before because she was “too intoxicated to drive herself,” according to the incident log.

“She does not know the female party in question,” wrote police.

The woman was dropped off at the Salem Hospital emergency room — where she was apparently trying to visit somebody — and later taken into protective custody when the hospital called police to complain that she was sleeping in the waiting room at 8:13 p.m.

“The staff of the hospital did not want her there,” wrote police, adding that she could “hardly walk on her own and her speech was heavily slurred.”

When she was released from protective custody yesterday, the woman was unable to locate the vehicle anywhere in the area of the hospital, police said.