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Hingham Scanner Tales: Norwell town clerk charged with drunk driving

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 22, 2012 07:24 PM

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Norwell’s town clerk was arrested in Hingham on Friday after allegedly driving her car over a traffic island while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

According to Hingham police, Patricia M. Anderson, 61, of Norwell was found standing on the side of the road nearby a car accident when police arrived at the intersection of Whiting and Gardner streets at 10:21 p.m. Friday.

Police said that the car, a 2011 Ford Edge, was parked in the middle of the road in front of a traffic island. Two of the front tires were flat and the car was leaking gasoline. The car also had front end damage.

Officers said they asked the woman if it was her vehicle, and she said yes, and also confirmed that she had been in a crash.

According to police, the woman was swaying on her feet and appeared confused. She had trouble answering simple questions, had glassy eyes, and smelled of alcohol, police said.

The woman said she had had three glasses of wine prior to driving, and after taking several field sobriety tests, Anderson was placed under arrest and charged with OUI alcohol (first offense), and failure to stay within marked lanes.

The road was closed for a short while so fire officials could clean up spilled gasoline.

Anderson declined to comment when reached by phone at her home on Thursday. She was arraigned on Monday and will appear in court on June 7 for the charges.

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