Tiverton woman rams pickup for carrying dog in back

Karen Hirst

Karen HirstTIVERTON — 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.

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11 Comments

    • Local Bargain Jerk said:

      Shana Gaines wrote:

      Good for her

      I am asking this in all seriousness: Are you high? Since when is committing an act of violence on another person a sign of caring? Holy smokes, lady, it’s time for a good old dose of common sense.

    • Rachel Harrington said:

      she cared enough to endanger the dog? are you o.k? the officers report said the dog was secured, she should have minded her own business instead of acting like a crazy person and putting the dogs safety at risk. i dont agree that your “high” just ignorant! and as they say “ignorance is bliss” you must be the most blissful person out there ( next to the overly nosy and violent woman )

  1. Tony Ruben said:

    “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.”

    What Karen did is just plain stupid, there’s no other way to describe it.

  2. Joe Sousa said:

    She needs to learn a lesson about taking the law in your own hands. The Dog owner should fill a personal injury suit.
    Call the heavy hitter.

  3. Faul Settough said:

    Looks to me like this Hambeast may not like dogs in the bed of a pickup truck, but the ample chins on display lead me to believe she has no qualms about stuffing her face with grilled dogs, extra extra dunkins, and other sweet treats for her Diabeetus “Genetic Condishuns”….

    • Rachel Harrington said:

      hahahaha! I totaly agree! dont be mad at the world because you didnt get your way! ive already shared this on f.b. and the results are in! she could take home the stupid criminal award this week!

  4. Tango Vera said:

    What Karen did was play out her frustration at an antiquated law that allows dogs to sit in the open back of a truck bed. What she needs to do is go the capitol and push a law through that disallows this ridiculous practice. Ramming someone’s truck is not the smart thing to do – neither for herself, nor for the dog sitting in the bed of the truck while it’s being rammed.

  5. Cher Fitz said:

    If she is that concerned about the dog, why on Earth did she ram the truck? Would have been a LOT safer just to follow the truck…especially since the police had already been called… I’m all for protecting animals, but that was just a bit much :/

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