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Woman Facing Charges

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 - 9:54 AM
Rutland Herald

Article published Dec 16, 2008

Woman facing charges

By Dawson Raspuzzi Herald Staff
A West Rutland woman's bingo game was cut short Saturday when she was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and a charge of animal cruelty after police received multiple complaints of an intoxicated female who may have left a child in the car.

Lisa Sheridan, 46, was released on conditions after she pleaded innocent to both charges at Rutland District Court on Monday, after spending the weekend in jail for lack of a set $5,000 bail.

The court imposed conditions she not purchase, possess or consume alcohol and not drive after 6 p.m. Monday, which Judge Thomas Zonay said would give her enough time to pick up her impounded Ford Taurus, per the request of her attorney.

After Sheridan's attorney Jonathan Heppell asked the court to allow his client the right to drive until the state takes her license, Zonay granted her the rest of the afternoon to pick up the car if she had the money to do so.

"I won $300 at bingo I hope that's enough to get it out," Sheridan told the judge.

Pittsford Police and Vermont State Police found Sheridan's car outside St. Alphonsus rectory in Pittsford around 8:45 p.m. Saturday with her dog locked inside with no food or water.

Inside the rectory, where a bingo event was being held, police found Sheridan and her 12-year-old son, who, she said, she drove to the rectory along with the dog around 6 p.m.

Sheridan admitted she had consumed two beers prior to driving her child to the bingo event, police said.

After performing sobriety exercises, Sheridan was arrested and taken to the State Police barracks in Rutland. At 10:28 p.m., her blood-alcohol content registered 0.108 percent, higher than the legal driving limit in Vermont of 0.08 percent.

Police said Sheridan's dog was left locked in the car for three hours in a temperature of 7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

According to court records, Sheridan was previously convicted of DUI in 2007. If she is convicted of both misdemeanor charges, Sheridan could face up to three years in prison and $2,500 in fines.

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