Pearl River woman faces DWI after barreling through construction site

Pearl River woman faces DWI after barreling through construction site
Workers were suspended in the air when woman came barreling through, police say. (Source: Mandeville Police)
Workers were suspended in the air when woman came barreling through, police say. (Source: Mandeville Police)

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Pearl River woman faces several charges after police say she barreled through a construction site in her minivan Wednesday, narrowly missing the wires holding support scaffolding that workers were standing on.

Barbara Kolovitz, 52, was booked with DWI, felony hit and run, reckless operation and resisting arrest.

The incident began in the late afternoon when police responded to the 600 block of Florida Street where crews were painting a newly constructed water tower. A 911 caller reported that a green Chrysler minivan entered the construction site driving erratically and struck several support lines that were attached to scaffolding holding two workers 160 feet in the air.

The minivan did not snag any of the wires but struck a second piece of construction equipment before exiting the site and travelling west on Florida Street.

Responding officers located Kolovitz in the 3600 block of Florida Street. She was arrested after a positive ID was made by the construction supervisor and she refused all sobriety and breath tests.

Kolovitz was turned over to the St Tammany Parish Jail.

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