Woman charged with DUI following Portsmouth crash

Portsmouth police released this photograph of the Jeep Wrangler that struck a utility pole on East Main Road early Friday morning. Portsmouth police released this photograph of the Jeep Wrangler that struck a utility pole on East Main Road early Friday morning.
Portsmouth police released this photograph of the Jeep Wrangler that struck a utility pole on East Main Road early Friday morning.

Portsmouth police released this photograph of the Jeep Wrangler that struck a utility pole on East Main Road early Friday morning.

PORTSMOUTH — Police said a Little Compton woman is lucky to have escaped injury after her Jeep Wrangler hit a utility pole on East Main Road early this morning.

Amanda J. Sparks, 27 of 451 Long Highway, Little Compton, wasn’t as lucky with the law, however, as she was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident in the area of East Main Road and Bramans Lane at about 1:40 a.m.

According to police, Ms. Sparks told them she was coming from a Newport bar and “obviously had too much to drink.”

Police said she was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Ms. Sparks failed a field sobriety test, police said, and refused medical treatment.

During a search of the car, police said they found an open container of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.

The Jeep, which had hit the pole head on, sustained heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene.

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