A Pearl River woman was booked Wednesday on several DWI-related counts after Mandeville police said she drove her car onto a construction site where workers were suspended 160 feet in the air painting a new water tower.
The woman struck several tether lines attached to the scaffolding before driving off, according to Lt. Gerald Sticker, of the Mandeville Police Department.
The woman, 52-year-old Barbara Kolovitz, was found by officers a few blocks away, where she was arrested.
A construction supervisor identified her as the woman who had driven onto the site, and she was booked on counts of DWI, reckless operation and resisting arrest. She refused all sobriety and breath tests.
The lines Kolovitz struck were crucial to holding up the scaffolding, and had any of them become entangled with her car, it could have caused the scaffolding to fall, posing a serious risk to the two workers more than 15 stories in the air, Sticker said.