WENHAM — A woman has been summonsed to court after police say she was driving so erratically prior to an accident that others were pleading with an officer to arrest her.
The woman, Nancy Brown, 21, of MacArthur Road, Beverly, cannot be arrested, according to Wenham Sgt. Jeff Tobey, because her offenses are limited to driving to endanger, speeding and marked lanes violations.
Brown was said to have driven at a high rate of speed before cutting off a Gordon College student in an attempt to reach Exit 17 on Route 128. The student slammed on his brakes, according to Tobey, but his front headlight contacted the rear of Brown's 2011 Honda, which then veered off the road, out of control.
"It slid for 215 feet," Tobey said, "before crashing into a ditch. I can't believe she didn't flip that car."
The Gordon student escaped with only damage to the headlight and was able to drive away. The Honda was not drivable after the incident, Tobey said.
Arriving at the scene, Tobey said that what happened next "has never happened in my career. Seven people stopped, jumped out of their cars and told me to arrest her."
They claimed that Brown had been driving erratically and traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph.