For Immediate Release - March 19, 2010

Marblehead Grandmother Charged With OUI Third

Crashes Into Tree With Nine Year Old Grandson In The Car

Sharon Faulkner, 63, of 8 Leggs Hill Road, Marblehead, was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on Leggs Hill Road in Marblehead yesterday morning when she struck a tree while taking her nine year old grandson to school.

She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment yesterday in Lynn District Court to a third offense of operating under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment of a child, child endangerment while operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Scott Dullea asked that Faulkner be held without bail as a danger to the community. Judge Richard Mori found her to be a danger, but did not hold her without bail. Instead, he set bail in the amount of $2,500 and ordered that she not consume alcohol and subjected her to random alcohol screens.

As additional conditions, Prosecutor Dullea argued that an intoxilator should be placed in her home, and an interlock device installed in her car, but the judge did not impose those conditions.

Faulker returns to court on April 9 for a pre-trial hearing. She is represented by Attorney William Hernon of Lynn.