Mar 6, 2016 4:33 PM

Chief catches woman driving on 3 tires, with sparks flying

The Associated Press

CORNISH — A Newport woman caught the attention of the local police chief when he spotted her driving on three tires and saw sparks flying up from the metal rim where the fourth tire should be.

Chief E. Douglas Hackett stopped 20-year-old Samantha Clark-West around 1 a.m. Sunday on Route 12A in Cornish. She was driving a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta station wagon northbound at 38 mph.

He subsequently arrested on charges including driving while intoxicated and reckless operation. She also was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol, driving without a valid license and misuse of plates.

She is due to appear in Claremont District Court on March 14.

It was not immediately known if she has a lawyer. A phone listing for her couldn't be found.

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