AMESBURY – A Peabody woman’s teenage daughter was taken into state custody Saturday morning after police say the mother repeatedly struck her while driving on Route 110.
Crystal A. Kimmel, 40, of 15 Central St. not only faces an assault and battery charge for allegedly striking the 17-year-old, she also faces charges of receiving stolen property over $1,200 and possession of a Class B substance.
Police said Kimmel was pulled over in a stolen rental car and had five Oxycodone pills on her when they searched her.
In Newburyport District Court on Monday, Kimmel was ordered not to abuse her daughter, to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens and to comply with state Department of Children and Families requirements.
Kimmel was also given a bail warning, meaning that she could be held in jail while awaiting trial if there is any further trouble with the law. Kimmel is due back in court Aug. 9 for a pretrial hearing.
Amesbury police Officer Liam Leary spotted a Ford Taurus about 12:20 a.m. on Saturday as it weaved in and out of lanes on Macy Street, according to a police report. As Leary got closer, he could see Kimmel swinging at her passenger. Once Leary pulled Kimmel over on Macy Street, the teenage passenger jumped out of the car.
Leary ordered Kimmel to stay put while he spoke to the teen. The teen told Leary that her mother didn’t like her boyfriend and the two got into an argument. Kimmel then began “smacking her around” as they drove away from a Congress Street address, the report said.
“That’s why the car was swerving,” Leary wrote.
As Leary was talking to the girl, he learned the car had been reported stolen from a Londonderry, New Hampshire, rental car company. Kimmel was handcuffed and charged with assault and battery and receiving stolen property over $1,200. Her daughter was also taken to the police station.
At the station, Kimmel told police her insurance company had paid for the rental. But after her insurance ran out, she kept the car despite owing the agency money. The car was reported stolen in early April, according to Sgt. Lauren Tirone’s report.
When Tirone searched Kimmel, she said she found five Oxycodone pills wrapped in a clear cellophane wrapper in the right front pocket. Kimmel told Tirone the pills were not hers because the shorts she was wearing did not belong to her. A DCF worker came to the station and took custody of the teen, Tirone wrote in her report.
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