BENNINGTON -- A woman was charged with allegedly being under the effects of painkillers when her vehicle hit The Dairy Bar on Route 7A in Arlington in June.

Lakiesha A. Shepard, 31, of Arlington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a first offense of Driving under the influence of a drug, and reckless endangerment.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Thomas Stange, on June 11 at 5:40 p.m. he was dispatched to The Dairy Bar in Arlington where it was reported a car had struck the building.

When he arrived he spoke with the owner, Thomas Snow, who said Shepard pulled into the driveway slowly and appeared "out of it" as she looked at the menu sign. She made light contact with the building, then backed up to park the car as if nothing happened.

Stange said Shepard was slurring her words and had trouble standing. These behaviors became more pronounced as he spoke to her. Shepard had bandages on her feet and said she stepped on glass the night before and got stitches.

She had been prescribed painkillers, and had taken two earlier in the day.

Shepard had her 7-year-old son in the car during the incident.

Stange said a drug recognition expert was called to examine Shepard and it was his opinion she was impaired.

She agreed to provide a blood sample, which Stange said corroborated this opinion.

No one was injured.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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