SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say that they found three liquor bottles inside the car of a driver who they witnessed striking a pedestrian in a South End crosswalk early Saturday morning.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Glenda Perez, 30, of Springfield is charged with operating under the influence of liquor and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
Delaney says that at around 1:30 Saturday morning, two police officers were on Main Street en route to a call, when they saw a Toyota Corolla in front of them strike a pedestrian who was in a crosswalk near the corner of Montpelier Street. The officers estimate that the driver was going about 30 miles per hour when she hit the man.
Delaney says that the driver kept going, swerving a bit as she continued southward. The officers turned on their car’s lights and sirens, and pulled the driver- identified as Perez- over. One of the two officers attended to the victim, who had a severe cut on his face and injuries to his legs. The victim was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and is now in stable condition.
According to Delaney, police questioned Perez. “The officers could smell a very strong odor of alcohol and the female driver could not pass any DUI tests. She was taken into custody,” Delaney wrote on the department’s official Facebook page.
He says that the officers also found three bottles of liquor inside the car, which were “mostly gone.”
In addition to the OUI and leaving the scene of an accident charges, Perez faces a charge of possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and a crosswalk violation. She was held over the weekend ahead of her arraignment in Springfield District Court.