WESTERLY — A Connecticut woman is facing charges after the police said she crashed through the shrubs of a home along Watch Hill Road early Friday.
The woman, Jessica Bello, 31, of Baltic, Conn., was charged with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content and refusal to submit to a chemical test. She was arraigned on the DUI charge Friday in Fourth Division District Court and pleaded not guilty, according to Rhode Island court records.
Westerly police officers were dispatched to a home at 234 Watch Hill Road by a witness who heard the crash around 1:30 a.m. Bello was behind the wheel and initially unresponsive, according to a police report.
Police Chief Shawn Lacey said that Bello told officers she wasn't sure where she was and admitted having drinks after work at a Misquamicut bar. She said she remembered being in the parking lot but did not recall driving. She declined medical attention and was given a field sobriety test, which she failed. She consented to a breathalyzer test at the scene, which returned a reading of .140, but declined further tests at the police station.
Lacey said that Bello's vehicle had narrowly missed a utility pole containing a police speed box radar system, and crashed through the bushes, taking out a mailbox.
Bello was released on a promise to appear and is due back in court for a status conference on Aug. 23.