WMUR-TV reporter charged with hitting pedestrian in HamptonBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
September 30. 2015 1:42PM
HAMPTON — A local TV reporter was charged with striking a 79-year-old Hampton woman while driving under the influence of alcohol, police said on Wednesday.
Audrey Cox, 52, of Lowell, Mass., is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless conduct in connection with allegedly striking the woman on the night of Sept. 25.
Cox is known as a longtime reporter for WMUR-TV. The company reported that she is on leave pending the outcome of the case.
Police responded to the area of Ocean Boulevard and Winnacunnet Road about 7 p.m., for a report of a woman struck by a vehicle. The woman, who is from Hampton, was being evaluated by the Hampton Fire Department when police arrived on the scene.
“We are very concerned about the well being of the victim and grateful that it appears that the injuries are not serious,” Cox’s attorney, Andrew Cotrupi, said on Wednesday. “We are looking forward to having the facts come out so that people will have a better understanding of how the accident occurred.”
Police said that officers dispatched to the scene spoke with a witness who directed them to a 2011 Jeep Patriot that was involved in the collision, police said.
Cox was identified by police as the driver of the vehicle, police said. She was subsequently arrested and charged with the drunken driving and reckless conduct. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.
She is scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 6 in 10th Circuit Court — Seabrook Division. WMUR reported on Wednesday that Cox was not working at the time of the incident.
Cox is known as a longtime reporter for WMUR, who has worked at the station since 1994.
She left her position in 2005 and worked at news jobs in New Jersey and New York. She returned to WMUR in 2011 to work part time.
Police said that anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Crimeline for the Hamptons. Tips can be submitted to www.tipsubmit.com and selecting "Submit a Web Tip" under the "For Citizens" section, or text the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword Hamptons.