BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — SALEM — A woman who crashed through a sign and into the woods in her truck near a Salem apartment complex in June admitted yesterday that she was driving drunk for the third time.
Anne Marie Marino, 52, who lists addresses in Salem and Lynn, will serve 150 days in jail and lose her license for eight years after pleading guilty during a hearing in Salem District Court to a charge of drunken driving, third offense, and admitting to sufficient facts for a conviction on a driving to endanger charge.
Marino’s case made headlines this summer when prosecutors revealed in court that although she consented to having a blood sample taken to be tested for alcohol at Salem Hospital, an emergency room doctor refused to take the sample.
A prosecutor also made reference to that incident during yesterday’s proceeding, noting that the emergency room doctor told police that Marino was too drunk for her to take a sample at the time.
Marino, who has worked for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, was charged after police were called to First Street in the early morning hours of June 30 for a truck that had gone off the road and crashed through a sign for an apartment complex there.
Patrolman Gil Priddy found the Dodge Ram about 15 feet into the wooded area near the apartment complex, on top of a rock.
It took several tries to rouse Marino, who, when awakened, greeted the officer with “Hi, what’s up?”
She admitted to having “five or six beers,” a prosecutor noted.
Marino was released shortly after her arraignment in July on $1,000 cash bail, with conditions that included no alcohol use a few days later.
Then, in September, she was found unconscious near a bus stop and taken to the hospital. That incident led to the revocation of her bail in the case last week, and she was placed back in custody.
The guilty plea and sentence were the result of a plea agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and Marino’s attorney, Neil Hourihan, yesterday.
Marino had two prior drunken-driving convictions in the 1990s.
Nestor imposed a one-year jail term on Marino but suspended the majority of that time for two years, requiring that Marino serve the minimum mandatory 150 days. He also continued the driving to endanger charge without a finding for two years.
If Marino violates the terms of her probation, which also include a bar on alcohol and drug use and random tests, she could face up to a year behind bars.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.