BENNINGTON -- Police said a woman hit two mailboxes when she passed a vehicle on East Road traveling at 80 mph.

Shannon M. Pinsonneault, 20, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and excessive speed.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Andy Hunt, on Nov. 20 Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro was on East Road in an unmarked cruiser investigating a separate matter when he witnessed a car pass another vehicle on its right side. The vehicle was about to make a left turn by D's Market and Deli. The passing vehicle struck and knocked over a post holding up two mailboxes. It then accelerated to what Silvestro guessed was about 80 mph. He followed it and pulled it over.

The driver, Pinsonneault, told Hunt she was only going 40 or 55 mph. She said she intended to return and report the crash after she dropped off her two friends. A three-month-old child was also in the vehicle.

Pinsonneault went to the Bennington Police Station later to be processed but was told to return the next morning as police were handling a high number of emergency calls. Pinsonneault did as she was asked and informed police her father had paid for the damaged mailboxes.

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