Woman faces OUI, child endangerment charges after Sunderland crash

Monday, August 01, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A Watertown woman was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment Sunday night after she crashed into a utility pole in Sunderland with her child in the car.

Police received a call at 7:14 p.m. Sunday from a witness who had seen Kerstin J. Sweeney, 31, slam into the pole at Montague and Sunderland roads. At the time of the crash, Sweeney’s 3-year-old child was a passenger in the vehicle, said Sunderland Police Officer Benjamin Peters.

Neither the driver nor the child were injured, Peters said.

Once Sweeney realized the witness had dialed 911, she “booked it” from the scene of the accident, the witness said.

Peters said the witness then followed the Subaru Legacy to a residence in Montague just across the city line, where the witness saw the car pull into a driveway. Montague police then were able to locate the vehicle.

Although the car was found in Montague, Sunderland Police is seeking the charges and conducting the investigation, as the incident occurred in Sunderland.

The child was cared for at the Sunderland Police Department for about an hour and a half late Sunday night until the Department of Children and Families came and took custody of the child.

The car’s airbags were deployed during the crash. Eversource was informed of the damage. The utility pole didn’t fall over, but the damage was substantial enough that it will need to be replaced, Peters said.

Officer Peters and Officer Jose Cabrera are still investigating the incident.