FRENCH CREEK – After a 20-year-old woman crashed her car early this morning while texting and driving in the Chautauqua County Town of French Creek, both she and her boyfriend – who showed up to help her – were charged with driving drunk, sheriff’s deputies reported.
A security officer at Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa reported the accident on Old Road shortly after 1 a.m. Deputies said Zoe A. Brooks of Latrobe, Pa., was texting while driving, and drove off the road and down an embankment, landing in a ditch.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found another vehicle parked in the middle of the road; a security officer had seen it drive up. Its driver, Jesse A. Yates, 21, of Edinboro, Pa., said that he was there to help Brooks.
Brooks was charged with driving while intoxicated, moving from a lane unsafely and using a handheld electronic device. Yates was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated – related to a blood-alcohol content of .18 or higher – and cited for parking on the highway.
Both were released to a third party, pending an appearance in French Creek Town Court.