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January 3, 2013

Parents face charges in crash with child in car

PEABODY — The parents of a 4-year-old girl are both facing charges after they ignored a relative’s pleas not to drive, left a New Year’s Eve gathering and ended up crashing into a pole, with the child in the car.

Danielle Firth, 32, and Ronald Dominguez, 34, both of 5 Tanners Court, Peabody, had been at the home of Firth’s sister and had been drinking, the sister, Lisa Hill, told police.

Hill told police she invited them to sleep over and, when they declined the invitation, offered to call them a cab, but they insisted on driving home themselves, according to a police report.

Just before 1 a.m., Firth, allegedly at the wheel, crashed into a utility pole near 11 Perkins St.

As police approached the crash scene, they spotted Dominguez walking on Perkins Street, carrying the child. Both had blood on their faces.

“I’m taking my daughter home,” Dominguez told Patrolman Sean Dowd, according to Dowd’s report. “Leave me the (expletive) alone.”

Dominguez, who had cuts to his face, claimed to know nothing about an accident and then demanded that the officer stop shining a flashlight in his face.

As Dowd attempted to lead Dominguez back to the crash scene, Dominguez, still holding the girl, allegedly shoved and took a swing at the officer. Two other officers arrived. One of the officers, Patrolman James Dickinson, grabbed the girl, as Dowd struggled to get an uncooperative Dominguez into custody.

Dowd reported that he suffered back and shoulder injuries but did not require treatment.

Back at the scene of the crash, Firth was outside the car. Police noticed that she was slurring her words and said they smelled alcohol. They also noticed a bottle of Skyy vodka on the passenger seat. She told officers she had been driving the Honda Accord, then said she wanted to speak to an attorney.

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