Two local women were involved in unrelated, quirky car crashes. First, Kara Leanne Griffin, 24, of Golden Gate Estates, reportedly rear-ended a farm trailer Thursday night.
Then, early Saturday morning, Karen Kittridge, 32, of Marco Island ran into a police car and then proceeded to run into a second police car near Cape Cod, Mass.
Griffin, 24 was arrested at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
Witnesses said Griffin rear-ended a farm trailer being pulled by a tractor along 23rd Avenue SW in the Estates. They also said she nearly hit a pedestrian and ran over mailboxes, reports say.
She had a blood alcohol level of .088 percent and told the deputy she drank vodka, smoked crack and took Oxycodone, Klonopin, Baclofen, Lyrica, Tegretol, Paxil, Dilantin and Lamictal, reports say.
Griffin was groggy, and was taken to NCH North Naples Hospital.
Police in Marion, Mass. are investigating what caused Kittredge, the 32-year-old Marco woman, to crash into two cop cars Saturday morning as she drove through a coastal area north of New Bedford, Mass.
She was driving her 2008 Mercedes on Route 6 in Massachusetts shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday when she crashed into a Marion police cruiser with its emergency lights flashing, according to a statement released by the Marion Police Department. There were no police officers in the car, which was on the side of the road, where officers were in the process of talking to a driver who was pulled over.
The police cruiser was struck and pushed into the center of the road and sustained significant damage, according to police, who reported that Kittredge then hit a second police car, which also had its emergency lights flashing, and was parked on the side of the road while its driver assisted the other officer. The report said the police vehicle was pushed into the fast lane and sustained moderate damage.
Kittredge’s Mercedes was heavily damaged.
The vehicle that was pulled over was not struck and no one other than Kittredge, whose injuries were not life threatening, was hurt in the crashes, police reported. Kittredge was taken to Tobey Hospital and has since been released.
Police officers Jeffrey Tripp and Anthony DiCarlo were not hurt as both were out of their cars at the time. Route 6 was closed in both directions for about one hour.
Sgt. Marshall Sadeck, who is leading the investigation, said neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor. The Cape Cod crash is still under investigation and details of the potential cause of the accident could not yet be released as of print time.
Kittredge was charged Monday with negligent operation of a motor vehicle. She has no driving record in Collier or Lee Counties.