R.I. Woman Arrested for OUI After Smashing Guardrail, Truck
REHOBOTH — A Rhode Island woman has been arrested and charged after her car nearly went airborne before striking a guardrail in Rehoboth on Monday.
Rehoboth Police say at approximately 1:01 p.m., Officer Terrence Hedrick responded to Great Cedar Swamp Road for a report of a motor vehicle being operated erratically.
When Officer Hedrick arrived, he spoke with a witness who observed a red Hyundai Elantra with a Rhode Island registration traveling eastbound on Tremont Street. The witness reported that three wheels of the Hyundai left the roadway and side swiped guardrail. He then observed the vehicle make several other marked lane violations on Tremont Street.
After the vehicle turned onto Great Cedar Swamp Road, it side-swiped a pickup truck that was pulled to the side of the roadway.
Officer Hedrick then spoke with the operator of the Hyundai Elantra who was identified as 37-year-old Sarah Skwirz of Cumberland, Rhode Island. While speaking with Skwirz, Officer Hedrick noticed she had difficulty keeping her balance and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from her person.
Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, Skwirz was taken into custody without incident. She was transported to the Rehoboth Police Department, where she was booked.
Skwirz was later released on $140 bail and is due to appear in Taunton District Court on Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m. Skwirz faces charges of OUI Liquor, Negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with property damage and marked lanes violations.