Shelburne woman charged with reckless driving on Spear Street

A Shelburne woman, who police said was driving recklessly trying to get to work during morning rush-hour traffic, is facing a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle along Spear Street.

According to South Burlington Police, Brittany Borja, 30, was dressed in her hospital scrubs when intercepted at the University of Vermont Medical Center Monday morning. After some questioning, Borja said there was no emergency and said she was just late for work, police said.

She is due in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on May 15, the police report noted.

Her northbound dark-colored Jeep Cherokee was spotted speeding and passing cars without due regard for public safety for more than a mile at about 7:55 a.m. Monday, Sgt. Mark Redmond said.

The Jeep crossed into the opposite lane of travel to pass vehicles, Redmond said. He said he immediately activated the blue lights on his cruiser and turned to try to stop the Jeep.

Redmond said he was unable to immediately catch up to the Jeep, but saw it passing other vehicles in the area of the University of Vermont near Gutterson Field House, which is a 25 mph zone.

The officer continued to watch the Jeep on East Avenue in Burlington and saw it turn into the entrance of the UVM Medical Center. The Jeep pulled into the drop-off and pick-up area at the front entrance of the hospital.

Redmond saw a woman get out of the Jeep and run into the lobby. Medical Center Security assisted in locating the woman, later identified as Borja, police said.

A hospital spokesman confirmed that Borja works as a medical assistant at UVM Medical Center.

Police transported Borja to the South Burlington Police Station and later issued her a citation ordering her to appear in court, Redmond said.

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