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March 8, 2014

Salem woman held after allegedly driving on drugs to store, then home

SALEM — A convenience store clerk knew something wasn’t right when Elizabeth Andrews staggered into the store Thursday night looking for a pack of cigarettes.

Now Andrews, 30, of 141 North St., Salem, is facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs — for the second time in just over three months. And police are continuing to look into exactly where Andrews had an accident that caused heavy damage to a rented Toyota she was driving when she went to the 7-Eleven on Norman Street shortly before 10 p.m.

Andrews is being held without bail, after a Salem District Court judge revoked her bail in the earlier drugged driving incident, which occurred in Boxford on Dec. 12.

Police were called to the convenience store by the clerk, who had seen Andrews getting into the badly damaged car while impaired, said Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski.

Andrews told the clerk that she’d been in a bad accident the night before.

Police put out a “be on the lookout” alert for the Toyota and the driver. She was found after a neighbor of hers on North Street called to report a possible car crash.

Prosniewski said officers found Andrews lying in the entryway to her condo, wearing pajama bottoms and a sweatshirt.

“I just want to lay down and rest here,” she told police, saying she was sore from a car accident.

Police found no indication that she had been drinking. They asked if she had been taking medication, said Prosniewski. She told them she had taken some medication that morning, but could not recall what it was.

Thomas Burke, who represented Andrews, argued that his client’s bail in the earlier case should not be revoked, suggesting that she does not pose a danger.

“If she doesn’t drive, there isn’t any danger to the public,” Burke argued. He said his client hasn’t had any trouble with the law until recently.

Judge Matthew Machera, however, granted Prosniewski’s request to revoke her release in the Boxford case and set $250 bail in the new case.

She’s due back in court on March 26.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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