Nearly naked drunk driver said she didn’t know she was naked
SPARTA – A drunk and almost nude woman crashed into a home’s stone retaining wall in the Lake Mohawk section. The incident took place early Friday morning.
According to Sparta police, a resident of Grove Terrace in the Lake Mohawk section of the township contacted them at 12:53 a.m. and said that a white Volkswagen Jetta had just crashed into a stone retaining wall and then fled from the scene.
After the call, officer Joseph Pensado found the vehicle on West Shore Trail and stopped it. Inside, he found something which he was not expecting. 36-year-old Catherine Giaquinto was on the driving seat wearing only an unzipped jacket, Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said.
The officer was shocked at the condition of the lady because the temperatures dipped as low as 16 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday and never quite got above the freezing mark these days.
Beebe further told that when officer Pensado asked Giaquinto why she was driving in nude, Giaquinto denied being completely naked as she was not aware of her condition at the time.
The officer also found the lady’s vehicle freshly damaged to the left-front fender, the driver-side door and the rear-left door.
After observing her condition, Pensado suspected Giaquinto was driving under the influence of alcohol. Her speech was badly slurred and not clear to the officer. Moreover, she couldn’t remember if she had been involved in an accident and where she was going, said Beebe. After that, Pensado found a dress and other clothing placed on the rear passenger seat and gave it to Giaquinto to get dressed. She took 10 minutes to do so and come up with her dress on inside-out, Beebe added. When she was given instructions for a roadside DWI test, she was not able to maintain her balance and did not understand the provided instructions.
Giaquinto was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, fleeing from the scene of an accident, failure to wear a seatbelt and careless driving. She was also cited for an alleged documentation violation. She belongs to Warwick, N.Y.
Beebe told that Giaquinto was released to a sober adult several hours later and her vehicle was impounded. Sgt. Jeffrey Mase and Cpl. Marc Rubino assisted with the investigation, he further added.