TIVERTON — A Tiverton woman rammed her car into a pickup truck at a gas station near Bliss Four Corners during an altercation about a dog she believed was riding unsafely in the bed of a pickup truck.
Karen Hirst, 52, of 178 Pelletier Lane, Tiverton, was charged with disorderly conduct and reckless driving at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, after police arrived and investigated the incident.
According to Tiverton Police Captain Patrick Jones, Ms. Hirst, driving a 2009 Kia Sportage, spotted a dog in the back bed of a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck at the station.
Captain Jones said that it is legal for a dog to ride in the bed of a pickup truck as long as it is safely secured, which he said this dog was.
Ms. Hirst “didn’t like it,” Captain Jones said, and so blocked the pickup with her Kia Sportage.
The 45-year old pickup driver asked her to move, Captain Jones said, but Ms. Hirst said she was going to call the police. The call went in to the police station as an “animal complaint and disturbance,” said the captain.
The pickup driver somehow managed to make a five-point turn-around, Captain Jones said, and began to exit the gas station onto Stafford Road.
That was when Ms. Hirst rammed the cab of the pickup, just behind the driver’s seat, with the front end of her Sportage. Later estimates pegged the damage to the pickup at $1,000 — “not too much damage, ” said Captain Jones.
Çaptain Jones said some yelling followed. He said the breed of dog was not noted in the report.