BENNINGTON -- A woman whose car caught fire after she crashed it with her 1-year-old child in the back seat will have to submit to weekly drug tests as part of her release conditions while her case is pending.
Vanessa Hoyt, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to a first offense of driving under the influence of drugs, and cruelty to a child under 10.
Hoyt was released without bail, but under the condition that she allow her doctor to share the results of regular urine tests with her attorney, who can then share them with the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office.
According to State Police, on May 20 Hoyt drove her 2007 Subaru Legacy off Route 7A in Shaftsbury while her 1-year-old child was secured in a child safety seat. The child was not injured, but Hoyt hurt her arm. She told police she went off the road while giving the child a bottle.
The vehicle was engulfed in flames when police arrived. A passing nurse from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, who was not identified further, helped Hoyt and the child out of the vehicle.
Hoyt took a breath test showing she had consumed no alcohol. She said she had taken Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction, earlier in the day, but nothing else.
She was examined by a State Police drug recognition expert who determined Hoyt was under the influence of a drug. A blood sample was taken form her at the hospital, and the results are pending.
Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr.