AMESBURY – A local woman accused of slamming her car into a row grocery carts being pushed back into Stop & Shop by an employee Thursday afternoon remains behind bars following her arraignment Friday in Newburyport District Court.
Cory Soroka, 29, of Main Street, was charged with a third driving while under the influence offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene after property damage. In court on Friday, Judge Peter Doyle ordered her held without bail pending trial, after the conclusion of a dangerousness hearing.
A dangerousness hearing is to determine whether a person is considered too dangerous to society or a victim to be afforded bail before trial. According to court records, Soroka was charged with driving while under the influence twice within a period of nine months between 2013 and 2014.
She is due back in court Oct. 3 for a pretrial hearing.
According to a report, Soroka hit a car while parking inside the Macy Street Stop & Shop. After shopping, she drove her white Mazda SUV into a row of shopping carts around 4:20 p.m. and then turned onto Macy Street.
"Prior to my arrival I was informed that the female operator had exited the store and was attempting to enter a car that was not hers," Officer Denis Champagne wrote in his report.
Champagne caught up with Soroka on Macy Street but when he turned on his blue lights, she kept on driving. Even after he began blaring his siren, she continued on. She eventually stopped but only when blocked by a landscaping truck.
Champagne said when he was speaking with her he immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside her SUV. Champagne said he pulled her over because she hit a parked car and the grocery carts. Soroka denied hitting anything and told Champagne she was sober.
When Champagne asked her to get out of the SUV and take a series of field sobriety tests, she refused. He told her that if she didn't he'd arrest her.
"Ms. Soroka continued to refuse and stated 'you cannot arrest me,'" Champagne wrote in his report.
At that point, Champagne did just that, handcuffing her and placing her in Officer Scott Peters' cruiser.
Officer Danielle Bower also arrived at the scene and found two witnesses who said they saw Soroka hit the shopping carts. Police said when they search her car they found a portable breath test machine and a laminated note affixed just below the start button. The note appeared to be reminders not to drink and drive and a list of people she should call before doing so.
Champagne also found an empty box of wine and two full boxes. He also obtained Stop & Shop video footage of her driving in the parking lot, he wrote in his report.
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