Vernon police have charged a 57-year-old local woman with driving under the influence and other traffic violations after receiving several 911 calls reporting she had fallen out of a moving vehicle after driving erratically on Route 83 on Saturday afternoon.
The original calls said the woman, identified as Debra Bowie, had been hit by a car, but police said they determined that Bowie was drunk and she later told investigators that she wanted to hurt herself, according to police.
Vernon police received the numerous 911 calls just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Callers said a driver had gotten out her car while it was still moving and fallen into the middle of the street after hitting the curb several times and hitting another car, according to police.
One person who called 911 thought the driver had been run over by her own vehicle.
Police investigated and said Bowie was under the influence.
When police transported Bowie to the Vernon Police Department to be processed, she said she wanted to hurt herself and an ambulance took her to Rockville Hospital to be examined, police said.
Bowie was charged with distracted driving accident, driving too close, illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and improper lane.
She is due in court on March 23.