Barre woman arrested for DUI after picking up man upon his DUI release

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WILLISTON — A 32-year-old Barre woman was arrested for multiple charges including DUI, false information to a police officer, and cruelty to a child, following a run-in with police on Sunday.

Police say they were notified of an altercation between a man and woman in the parking lot of Old Navy in Williston at around 6:01 p.m.

Police identified the parties who were involved as Melinda A. Benoit, 32, of Barre, and Sean Gibbs, 33, also of Barre.

According to the report, Gibbs had been arrested several hours prior by police for DUI.

Police say Benoit had been a passenger in the vehicle, but then drove it from Waterbury to Williston with a toddler in the car in order to pick up Gibbs upon his release.

Police allege that she drove the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Police say Benoit initially lied and advised that someone else had driven the vehicle to Williston, but ultimately admitted that she had been the one driving.

Benoit is currently on probation for a prior DUI conviction, police say.

Police arrested Benoit without incident and transported her to the Williston State Police barracks for processing.

She was released into the custody of Act One due to her level of impairment after processing.

Police say Benoit was cited to appear in court on October 31 to answer to the aforementioned charges.