Jun 14, 2016 5:22 PM

Trial of suspended WMUR reporter Audrey Cox begins for alleged DUI, injuring elderly woman


A WMUR employee began her trial Tuesday. Audrey Cox allegedly hit and injured an elderly woman while driving under the influence.

The incident occurred on Ocean Boulevard in September 2015, and the victim came face-to-face with Cox for the first time today in over a year.

WMUR suspended Cox after she was booked and processed.

"I was getting ready, looking for my key, and the car hit me,” said Sandra Dary, the alleged 79-year-old victim.

Cox allegedly hit Dary near her Hampton Beach home while she was out walking her dog.

“Her demeanor changed when the police came," Dary said. "She looked at me angry. She put her hands on her hips and just stared at me and I felt terrible, but I didn't do anything."

The defense hit home the point they believe to be true, saying that Cox was not impaired at the time of the incident.

"All the witnesses will tell you, not maybe, not a little buzzed, but [that Cox] was stone cold sober,” said Andrew Cotrupi, Cox's defense attorney.

Even the victim made a comment to that effect.

“I can't say that I could ever think that she was drunk,” Dary said.

A Hampton police officer testified Cox failed field sobriety tests and denied a breath test.

“Well, after that test (referring to walking a straight line) and due to the fact she had failed I asked her again if she had anything to drink today and she said she had wine with lunch," said Peter Moisakis, a Hampton police officer. "Although she couldn't tell me what time lunch was.”

It’s still unknown if Cox herself will take the stand when the trial continues Wednesday. She remains on leave pending the outcome of the trial.


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