Hopkinton woman confronts police during DUI and drug arrest

Hopkinton woman confronts police during DUI and drug arrest



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HOPKINTON — The Hopkinton police arrested a local woman on DUI and drug charges and said she became belligerent after she was found “asleep at the wheel” Wednesday morning in the area of Palmer Circle.

The woman, Amy Burnside, 43, of 283 Tomaquag Road, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to submit to a chemical test, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Officers said she was taken by Hope Valley Ambulance to Westerly Hospital because of health concerns. She was arraigned at the hospital before a justice of the peace and is due in Fourth Division District Court on July 24.

Hopkinton police were called to Palmer Circle shortly after 10 a.m. with reports of a driver slumped over the steering wheel — a possible medical emergency. Officers found Burnside asleep at the wheel with her foot on the gas pedal and the engine revving, the police said. 

According to a police report, an officer knocked on the window to awaken the woman, and she sat up and immediately banged on the window, too, before removing the keys from the ignition and throwing them out the passenger side window.

Asked for her icense and registration, the police said, Burnside shouted obscenities at the officer and refused to cooperate. Upon entry, the officer smelled alcohol and noticed other signs of intoxication, the police said.

After several failed attempts to gain compliance, the police said they forcefully removed Burnside from the vehicle, and she began kicking at officers. During a later medical evaluation, officers also said she spit into the face of a paramedic who was trying to help her.

During a search of Burnside and her car, the police said they found .94 grams of cocaine and a number of unknown pills. The cocaine and pills were seized as evidence and submitted to the state laboratory for analysis.  

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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