Woman who crashed into convenience store arrested

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)–After a fiery crash into a convenience store, it’s hard to believe 31 year-old Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina and everyone else involved are alive.

In fact, today Chavarria-Medina went to the Bridgeport Police Department assuming the horrific accident happened there and not in Fairfield. That’s when police arrested her.

“Clearly, her perception of what was going on was going on was quite different than Fairfield Police,” said Chief Gary McNamara of the Fairfield Police Department.

Police say she was three times over the legal limit when she drove off I-95 exit 24, into the Cumberland Farms parking lot, hitting a gas pump barrier, a number of other cars, then plowing through the store. They believe she may have been going as fast as 70 mph.

“When you saw that video what did you think?” News 8’s Erin Logan asked McNamara.

“I think that we are very thankful and amazed that nobody was killed in that collision,” McNamara said. “That video speaks volumes. High speed, no breaking, in an area that’s pretty active.”

Police plan on doing a re-enactment of that crash to get more answers.

“Our hope is that we can do a mock at a slower speed to really get a feel how fast she was actually traveling through that intersection and into the building.

Police say Chavarria-Medina shouldn’t have been behind the wheel, period. She has a suspended license and was charged with a DUI once before in Westport.

“Our concern is that she would get behind the wheel again, so we’re thankful to have her in custody and will be in court to answer these charges and hopefully the charged for the prior DUI,” McNamara said.

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