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Hillsboro driver arraigned on felony DWI, assault charges

A Hillsboro woman accused of driving her car off the road and striking a young boy while she was allegedly under the influence of a prescription drug is being held in county jail on $10,000 cash bail.

Katlynn Hollinsworth, 24, was arraigned at Goffstown’s district court yesterday on felony charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and first-degree assault.

Hollinsworth was driving north on School Street in Hillsboro about 3 p.m. Wednesday when her car went off the road, over the sidewalk and into the walkway near the Hillsboro Child Development Center, according to the police report. The vehicle struck a 3-year-old boy who was leaving the day care with his mother.

The boy suffered a serious brain injury and is being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the police said.

A nearby Hillsboro police officer heard the accident and responded to the scene of the crash immediately. The police report states he noticed Hollinsworth seemed “lethargic,” and upon questioning, the officer learned she was taking several medications, including the prescription drug Ativan.

Ativan is typically used to treat anxiety.

Hollinsworth showed signs of impairment during sobriety testing, the report states, so she was arrested at the scene of the accident. A drug recognition expert from the Henniker Police Department evaluated her and determined she was under the influence of drugs.

She is being held at the Hillsborough County jail on $10,000 cash bail because the state considers her “a danger to the public in that she was driving a vehicle despite the fact that her use of prescription drugs was impairing her ability to safely do so,” the police report states.

Hollinsworth will appear in court next for a probable cause hearing Thursday.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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