Motor Vehicle Accident on Chandlers Mills Road Leads to Charges
Car Found Over Embankment
At 2:18 p.m., on Jan. 2nd, a Newport Highway Department employee reported that they had discovered a vehicle over the embankment along Chandlers Mills Road and near the Sugar River. According to a statement released by Newport Police Chief James Burroughs, “It was learned that there was a single female occupant who had climbed out of the vehicle, but due to the steep bank and her injuries, was unable to get to the roadway. Newport Fire/Rescue, EMS and police were dispatched to the scene. The Newport Fire/Rescue, EMS and Police had to perform a technical and challenging ropes rescue of the operator who was identified as Jacquelyn A. Griep, age 51, of Troy, NH.”
According to Burroughs, Griep had been traveling towards Claremont before she lost control of the 2004 Toyota Tundra that she was operating. Griep’s vehicle rolled down over the steep embankment approximately 30 feet before coming to rest on its side against several trees. Griep had only gone off the road minutes before being discovered. After Griep’s rescue, she was transported by the Newport Ambulance Service to Valley Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Burroughs said that the “investigation revealed that speed and alcohol are (allegedly) factors in the crash. Griep has subsequently been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Operating without a valid license. Griep is scheduled to appear in the Newport Circuit Court on January 8th to answer those charges.”
Due to the location of the accident, Griep’s rescue and recovery of the vehicle, Chandlers Mills Road was closed to through traffic for nearly two hours. “The Newport Police Department would like to remind all drivers that secondary dirt roads often have varying road conditions and urge drivers to use caution and to travel at safe speeds,” said Burroughs.