NEWBURYPORT – A local woman accused of running over a parking attendant’s foot before she could finish writing her a ticket in December saw an assault charge dropped by a clerk magistrate, according to court records.
But Amy Zastawney, 59, of Lancaster Road admitted to a Newburyport District Court judge Wednesday that she could be found guilty of negligent operation of a motor vehicle if the case went to trial. She was initially charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Judge Allen Swan continued the matter without a finding for six months and ordered her to take a safe driving course. If Zastawney stays out of trouble with the law and completes the course, the charge would be dropped after that time.
Zastawney parked her Audi illegally on Liberty Street early one morning so she could run into Starbucks for a coffee, according to a police report. She had just left the coffee shop and was returning to her car, which was blocking a nearby driveway, when she saw the attendant writing a ticket.
Zastawney told the attendant she needed to drive off and to send her the ticket electronically. But the clerk told Zastawney she needed to stay until the clerk was finished. Zastawney got into her car and backed up.
“When she did so, she ran over (the attendant’s) left foot,” Newburyport police Officer John Gavin wrote in his report.
Zastawney told Gavin that she was on her way to the airport to catch a flight so she could be there for her father’s surgery.
“I asked why if she was in such a hurry would she stop to get coffee and she reiterated that it had already been paid for, she just had to go in and pick it up,” Gavin wrote in his report.
Zastawney was eventually issued a summons while the parking attendant was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital for what police described as injuries that were not life threatening.
In court Wednesday, Zastawney vehemently denied, through her attorney, running over the victim’s foot. Her attorney said Zastawney admitted to sufficient facts regarding the negligent operation of a motor vehicle charge.
A month before her court appearance Wednesday, a clerk magistrate agreed with Zastawney and dropped the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge, according to court records.
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