A 42-year-old female driver was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on campus this Wednesday night. According to public records from the Andover Police Department, the arrest happened at 10:43 p.m. after Phillips Academy Public Safety (PAPS) reported a possibly intoxicated driver on campus. No one was harmed, although several parked cars sustained damage after being hit by the driver.
Two students first encountered the driver behind Samuel Phillips Hall, where they noticed poor driving characteristic of someone under the influence. The driver then turned down Great Quad Road and drove past Foxcroft House, Bartlet House, and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library before attempting to turn onto the footpath in front of Pearson Hall. The students stopped the driver and called PAPS to report the incident, who then contacted the Andover police.
According to Thomas Conlon, Director of Public Safety, the incident was reported to PAPS at approximately 10:15 p.m.
In an interview with The Phillipian, Conlon said, “We received a call from a student saying they believed they had an intoxicated driver on campus, so call came into dispatch… The public safety office held the person there, and in the meantime the dispatch called the Andover Police Department. They gave the person a sobriety test, and I believe they arrested her on the spot, and they had her car towed away.”