Accused of DUI with children in car

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BENNINGTON -- A North Rupert woman is facing numerous charges after State Police accused her of being drunk while driving with four children in her car.

Carol L. Rock, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), driving with a license suspended for DUI, and four counts of reckless endangerment. While the case is pending she will not be allowed to drive or consume alcohol.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Justin Walker, on June 19 at 9:05 p.m. he noticed a vehicle with a defective headlight pull into the Price Chopper on Depot Street in Manchester. The driver, Rock, said her license was suspended for a previous DUI conviction. She became upset and told Walker she had been drinking.

Walker wrote there were four children in the car, ages 13, 11, 7, and 6. The oldest was in the cargo area with no safety devices of any kind, while the other three were belted properly.

Rock said she had been drinking Twisted Tea since between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., did not know how many she had, and had eaten nothing that day.

She gave a breath sample, showing her blood-alcohol content to be .182 percent.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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