Haverhill Police Arrest N.H. Mom After Possible OD, Crash With Child in Car

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A New Hampshire mom has been ordered to remain drug and alcohol free in the wake of drugged driving and child endangerment charges after a Haverhill Police report suggests she may have overdosed with her 7-year-old in the car.

Fifty-three-year-old Liane Ouimette was behind the wheel of 2019 Subaru Forester just after 4:30 p.m. on June 17 when Haverhill Police Officer John Orsillo was dispatched to the area near DiBurro’s function hall on Route 125 for a report that Ouimette’s car had gone into a grass embankment after crossing two travel lanes of traffic.

According to Orsillo, Ouimette’s car had “severe front-end damage” from the crash and he believed she suffered an overdose prior to the accident. Good Samaritans Paul Weinburgh, a retired 30-year Haverhill Firefighter and Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, who was off duty at the time, happened upon the accident scene and stopped to help, with Weinburgh assisting Ouimette’s daughter out of the sunroof of the car.

Finding Derry’s Ouimette “passed out” at the wheel in respiratory arrest, Weinburgh and Moriarty worked together to administer Narcan to her.

Transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment, Ouimette told police she remembered taking her daughter—who wore a seatbelt in the backseat—to the beach that day, but couldn’t say how they got into an accident. She also denied using narcotics when questioned by police. A 51A report of alleged child abuse or neglect was filed to the state’s Department of Children and Families by police on behalf of her daughter.

Charged with one count of drugged driving, one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and one count child endangerment while under the influence, Ouimette was released by Haverhill District Court Judge Patricia Dowling at arraignment July 9. She was ordered to remain drug and alcohol free until her next court appearance in early August.

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