Police: Smithfield woman hit two people, utility pole while drunk
Smithfield police said a woman's poor judgment after having dinner at a restaurant in Lincoln landed two people in the hospital.
Catherine Grundy, 63, faces two felony counts of DUI and another two felony counts of driving to endanger resulting in personal injury.
According to police, Grundy was driving on Pleasant View Avenue a little after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night near Smithfield High School when she veered off the road and hit two women before snapping a utility pole.
Grundy was not hurt, but the two women were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police performed field sobriety tests on the Smithfield woman before she was arrested.
In Kent County Court Wednesday, prosecutors said that when Grundy was being questioned by police she told officers that she fell asleep at the wheel and didn't remember what happened.
Grundy has no prior record and she was released on $5,000 surety.
That decision doesn't sit well with residents like Ricky Valcourt.
"They need to take their license away for good. They need to put them away. Make them pay a real penalty for it," Valcourt said. "These people are sitting in a hospital suffering now."
A judge also ordered Grundy's license suspended and her passport taken away.
She's due back in court Aug. 16.