Naked, Drunk Driver Smashed Wall, Police Say
New York woman left the scene of an accident and was found driving nude, cops report.
A New York woman was arrested after police found her driving naked, drunk and not remembering she just left the scene of an accident, Sparta Police Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said.
Catherine Giaquinto, 36, of Warwick, N.Y., was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit breath test, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, failure to wear a seat belt and a documentation violation.
Police received a call from a Lake Mohawk resident who said a driver had crashed into the a stone retaining wall on the property and subsequently fled the scene shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, Beebe said.
Officer Joseph Pensado found the vehicle and driver a short time later and initiated a traffic stop, Beebe said. When Pensado approached the vehicle, he found Giaquinto only wearing an unzipped leather jacket, Beebe said. When speaking with Giaquinto, Pensado suspected she was under the influence of alcohol as well, and found fresh damage to the left front fender of the car, Beebe said.
Pensado then asked the driver why she was driving in the nude despite the cold temperatures, Beebe said. Giaquinto denied being naked, Beebe said. The driver’s speech was “badly slurred and unintelligible,” Beebe said, and Pensado asked that Giaquinto put her clothes back on before exiting the vehicle for a field sobriety test.
It took the driver approximately 10 minutes to get her clothes back on, which ended up inside out and backwards, and she said she could not remember if she was in a crash or not, Beebe said. Field sobriety tests were not administered when Pensado realized Giaquinto could not stand on her own and was not processing the officer’s instructions, Beebe said.
Giaquinto was arrested and taken to headquarters for processing where she became argumentative, Beebe said.
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