Alleged drunken driver from Pelham was with 2 kids

Staff Writer
Thursday, March 09, 2017

AMHERST — A Pelham woman who allegedly was nearly thrice the legal limit for driving was arrested in North Amherst March 3 evening with two children in her vehicle, police said.

Heather Ann Wolcott, 27, was arrested just after 6 p.m. Friday at Mill River Recreation Area.

She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and child endangerment while under the influence of alcohol, said Detective Nicholas Chandler.

Wolcott pleaded not guilty to the charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court Monday morning. She was released on conditions that she not consume alcohol and is subject to alcohol screening.

Police were called to the park by a citizen who asked officers to conduct a well-being check on a woman in the park with two young children. The man told police he thought the woman was drunk because “he observed her fall to the ground several times and not be able to properly care for the children,” according to court documents.

When police arrived, they found Wolcott and two children, aged 2 and 4, sitting on a bench.

Police said Wolcott appeared to be crying, had blood shot and glossy eyes as well as slurred speech. She told police she had three “nips” of alcohol before picking up the children and driving to the recreational area.

According to police, Wolcott’s blood alcohol content was .22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for April.