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Sep 23, 2015 10:58 AM

Pelham police: Mother driving drunk with 2 kids in car snaps utility pole; crash closes road, Pelham schools


PELHAM - A woman has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after snapping a utility pole when she hit it with her car while her kids were in the car.

The accident caused a power outage and shutdown Marsh Road.

Police said Tanisha Rivera, 32 of Lowell, Mass., said she was driving to a friend's house when she hit the pole driving north on Marsh Road. The pole snapped.


Because the crash happened across from Pelham High School, the Pelham school district was forced to closed for the day.

The two children in the car were 12 and 7, and were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, including an ankle injury to one of the children.

Rivera was arrested on the scene and charged with aggravated DUI, two additional counts of DUI, and operating with a suspended license.

Rivera was expected to be arraigned in court Wednesday morning. Her children were released to the custody of their father at the hospital.

Pelham should expect power outages all day as crews try to fix the damage.


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