Woman hits police cruiser, cited for DUI


South Burlington police say an intoxicated driver crashed into a median traffic sign and later backed into a police cruiser last Monday afternoon.

The incident resulted in two charges for Marlene Hart, 59, of Hinesburg.

South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple and Detective Sean Pope were on Kennedy Drive last Monday around 3:24 p.m. when, they saw a vehicle drive into the median, hitting a traffic sign.

Police followed the car up Dorset Street, to Aspen Drive. Once stopped, the driver backed into Whipple’s cruiser.

No one was injured, police said, but a preliminary breath sample indicated that Hart’s blood-alcohol level was .324 percent. In Vermont, a driver is considered intoxicated with a level of .08 percent.

Hart is scheduled to appear in Chittenden Superior Court on Aug. 9 to answer the charges of DUI-second offense and leaving the scene of an accident.

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