SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 21, 2013

Driver arrested after car roll on Marlborough Road

BY TOM DALTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — A Rockport woman was arrested early yesterday on a charge of drunken driving after her car was found on its side on Marlborough Road with its windows shattered and engine parts on the ground, according to police.

Nina Bennett, 36, of 39 Squam Hill Road, was also charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle so as to endanger others and having an open container of alcohol in the car.

Police responded to the accident at 2:32 a.m. and found the car on its side, passenger side down, the front end facing into the street, and the back resting against the wall of a property at 176 Marlborough Road.

The car appeared totaled, police said, with parts scattered on the ground and its glass shattered. No occupants were inside.

Police approached 176 Marlborough Road after being told the occupants of the car had gone into the house. As they got near the house, the two occupants exited, appearing unsteady and loud, according to police. Both required medical assistance and were transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance.

The driver told police she had only two drinks and was on her way home from Lynn when she lost control of the car.

Bennett smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, glassy and bloodshot eyes, and became unruly at the hospital, police said.

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Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.