R.I. woman faces drunken driving charges after going wrong way, hitting plow

A Rhode Island woman allegedly led Massachusetts State Police on a wild ride early this morning, careening the wrong way up Interstate 93 South for five miles, causing one accident in Quincy that sent one person to the hospital, nearly striking two responding troopers, and then finally crashing into a state snowplow in Boston.

Brenda Jarillo, 33, pleaded not guilty in Dorchester District Court this afternoon to a host of charges in the incident. She was ordered held on $3,000 cash bail, which her attorney said she would be able to post.

“She could have killed three people that night, and then she hit a plow,” said Assistant District Attorney Courtney Doherty.

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State troopers were responding to a car crash on I-93 South near Quincy at 3:30 a.m., when one trooper saw a blue Mini Cooper heading the wrong way up I-93. The trooper flashed lights and activated the siren, said Doherty, but the car did not slow and the trooper moved into another lane to avoid being hit.

A second trooper, also flashing lights and sirens, also had to swerve out of the way.

When troopers caught up to the wrong-way driver, said Doherty, they found Jarillo standing next to the plow driver. Both were uninjured.

Jarillo denied causing an accident or passing any police officers, said Doherty, and failed field sobriety tests, mixing up her ABCs and, at one point, interrupting a trooper to ask how to count to 1,000.

She kicked a trooper who arrested her, and during her phone call in jail laughed to a friend that “these things happen.”

Jarillo faces a variety of charges, including operating under the influence and assault with a dangerous weapon, State Police said in a statement.

Her attorney, Jack McGlone, said Jarillo had never been in trouble before, and was crying in the fetal position when he spoke with her before the arraignment.