Salem woman nabbed for DWI with 4-year-old in vehicle
By CHRIS GAROFOLO Union Leader Correspondent
SALEM — A Salem woman was arrested Wednesday evening after police officers said she was driving under the influence and struck a parked vehicle while her 4-year-old child was in the car.
Jessica Barry, 32, was charged with aggravated DWI and endangering the welfare of a child and released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 28 in the Salem 10th Circuit Court District Division.
Officers with the Salem Police Department responded around 7:39 p.m. Wednesday to Veterans Memorial Parkway for reports of a vehicle in a ditch. Upon arrival, police saw several pieces of the vehicle’s undercarriage but could not locate the motorist.
Witnesses told police a green Volkswagen had entered the Walgreens parking lot on South Broadway, where the driver allegedly hit a parked car in the lot. Police were also told the operator appeared to be intoxicated. Officers located the Volkswagen in the lot and determined there was fresh damage to it.
When officers spoke to the operator, identified as Barry, they said she showed signs of impairment and told police she had been drinking and taking prescription medications.
Officers also observed Barry’s child in the vehicle, who was released unharmed to a family member. Police also said Barry struck a fire hydrant on the parkway before driving into the ditch and then to the Walgreens lot.