A Mashpee woman is facing a charge of operating under the influence of liquor after police say they saw her vehicle being operated erratically on Cotuit Road in Sandwich on Tuesday, July 16.
An officer traveling along Cotuit Road at 10:21 PM reported seeing a white Jeep pass through the intersection at Quaker Meetinghouse Road and nearly strike the median. The driver was able to correct the vehicle before hitting the median and accelerated onto Quaker Meetinghouse Road.
According to the police report, the officer began to follow the vehicle, at which point the driver braked suddenly and turned onto Anthony’s Way. The officer said the driver pulled into the first driveway on the street and turned the vehicle’s lights off. Police said that the address is known to them to be a group home and the officer stayed in the area.
A short time later, the Jeep’s driver turned the lights back on and exited the driveway, heading back toward Cotuit Road. The officer noted that the vehicle was traveling at a rate of speed over the posted 40 miles per hour limit and that the vehicle was swerving in the lane. At this time, the officer activated their lights and conducted a motor vehicle stop.
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Samantha R. Sorenson, 30, of Mashpee. Ms. Sorenson told police that she was on her way home to Mashpee after visiting with a friend in Sandwich. The officer could smell alcohol, but Ms. Sorenson said that she had not been drinking, according to the report.
When the officer asked her why she had pulled into the driveway, she denied having pulled into any driveway and said that she had pulled over in order to find her glasses.
The officer administered a series of field sobriety tests, which, according to police, Ms. Sorenson failed. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, speeding, and a marked lanes violation.