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Police: RI woman drove wrong way on Mass. highway

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - A Rhode Island woman faces drunken driving and other charges in Massachusetts for allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 93 in Boston, stopping only when she struck a snowplow.

Police say 33-year-old Brenda Jarillo of East Providence, R.I., started driving north in the southbound lanes of I-93 in Quincy at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, causing a vehicle to spin out of control and crash into the median barrier. That driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say she continued north until she struck the state Transportation Department snowplow in Boston. The plow driver, who had beeped his horn and flashed his lights when he saw her vehicle, was unhurt.

State troopers say Jarillo was drunk.

“She could have killed three people that night. Then she hit a plow with a driver in it,” said Courtney Doherty, Suffolk Country Assistant D.A.

She works at a restaurant. Says she was on her way home to Rhode Island at 3:30 Tuesday morning. Her lawyer says she doesn’t remember much.

“She is remorseful. She was crying hysterically. I think there is a lot more going on. You in need to find out if there was alcohol, drugs involved,” said Jack McGlone, defense attorney.

The driver faces eight counts in in all including operating under the influence and assault and battery on a police officer. She is due back in court on March 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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