Pearl River woman drives onto construction site, hits tether lines attached to scaffolding _lowres

Barbara Kolovitz

A Pearl River woman was booked Wednesday on several DWI-related counts after she allegedly drove her car onto a construction site where workers were suspended 160 feet in the air painting a new water tower. The woman allegedly struck several tether lines attached to the scaffolding before driving off, according to Lt. Gerald Sticker of the Mandeville Police.

The woman, 52-year-old Barbara Kolovitz, was found later 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. Kolovitz refused all sobriety and breath tests.

The lines Kolovitz struck were crucial to holding the scaffolding up and had any of them become entwined in her car, it could have caused the scaffolding to fall, posing a serious risk to the two workers more than 15 stories up in the air, Sticker said.

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