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Police: Woman Removed From Car with Jaws of Life then Arrested for Drug Possession

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

WASHINGTON MILLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Traffic was backed up along Route 8 Sunday between New Hartford and Washington Mills near the Sauquoit exit due to a motor vehicle accident. The accident led to police not only needing the Jaws of Life, but also making a drug arrest.

The New Hartford Police Department responded to Route 8 Northbound around 6:30 pm Sunday for a report of a guide rail motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival they found a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser with extensive damage.

With the help of Edwards Ambulance, the Willowvale Fire Department was able to extract the semi-conscious driver still behind the wheel using the Jaws of Life.

The driver, 32 year old Brooke Bullen of Rome was taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital with a possible head injury and then charged with drug possession.

New Hartford Police located two syringes, heroine, and marijuana inside her vehicle.

While Bullen was not under the influence of drugs while she was driving, she was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic needle, and unlawful possession of marijuana. She was also issued a traffic ticket for failure to keep right.

Bullen will respond to New Hartford Town Court on a later date. She has since been released from St. Elizabeth's.

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