Police: Nude drunk woman causes three-car crash
Police say a Rehoboth woman was drunk and driving naked when she caused a three-car accident on Winthrop Street that injured two people.
Lidia Couto Ramos, 30, 195 Anawan St., Rehoboth, was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday after police say she ignored a stop sign at Burt Street and drove her 2004 Nissan Murano SUV into the passenger side of a 2000 Saab 9-3 sedan traveling east on Winthrop Street.
That vehicle in turn struck a 2005 Honda Pilot SUV stopped at the opposite side of Winthrop Street, police said.
The driver of the Saab, Steven Luz, 64, 44 Three Mile River Lane, and the driver of the Honda, Andrea Vieira, 34, 49 Seymour St., Berkley, were both taken to Morton Hospital and Medical Center where they were treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.
Vieira’s two children, Lindsay, 4, and Ryan, 1, were also in the car, but not injured, police said.
Immediately after the collisions, according to witnesses, Ramos stumbled naked out of her Nissan and attempted to collect remnants of a license plate she believed belonged to her.
She also attempted to drive away but was not successful, police said.
According to the police report, when Patrolman Jason LaPlante initially approached the Nissan, he observed an apparently intoxicated and obviously in-the-buff Ramos sitting in the driver’s seat.
Shortly thereafter, Patrolman Robert Travers approached and saw Ramos still unclothed but now in the passenger seat with the door open.
Standing next to her with a handful of women’s clothing in his arms was Joseph Sandbichler, 33, 1535 Smith St., Dighton. Sandbichler, who identified himself as Ramos’s beau, told police the two had been together prior to the accident.
He also, according to police, refused several commands to move away and not interfere.
After allegedly banging his chest into Sgt. Eric Nichols, Sandbichler was handcuffed and escorted to police headquarters. He was booked for assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer of the law.
Ramos, meanwhile, was uncooperative with both EMT responders and police, according to the report.
When Patrolman Travers told her she had been involved in an accident, and that she needed to show a driver’s license, her response to him was, “What accident? What are you talking about?”
After putting some clothes on, Ramos — who police said smelled of alcohol, had red and glassy eyes, and stumbled after finally agreeing to exit the vehicle — refused to submit to a field sobriety test at the scene.
She also subsequently refused to take a breath test at the police station.
As a result, she was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (second offense); driving to endanger; leaving the scene of an accident, personal injury resulting (four counts); and cited for failure to yield right of way.
One police source said the accident was precipitated by Ramos having kicked Sandbichler out of her car when she became displeased — after the two had parked in a secluded area.
Police said that Sandbichler, while en route to police headquarters, apologized for his actions, stating that he had tried to protect his girlfriend, “because they had been drinking.”
Asked to comment, Police Chief Raymond O’Berg said, “Drinking does strange things to people.”
Ramos was arraigned in Taunton District Court Wednesday and released on $100 cash bail. She is due back in court for a hearing on May 30.
Taunton Daily Gazette