Troopers: Harrisville woman and child injured in intoxicated driving accident in Fine; child was not restrained in backseat
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 11:49 am

FINE -- A Harrisville woman and her six-year-old daughter were injured following an alleged intoxicated driving accident Tuesday.

State police responded to a reported accident on Blue Mountain Road around 1:30 a.m. June 28. They say they discovered the driver was Amber D. Rife, 32.

Following investigation, troopers say charged her with aggravated driving while intoxicated with child in vehicle, a felony; first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation: alcohol; and first-degree operating a motor vehicle with ability impaired by drugs.

She was also cited for a backseat restraint violation for a child aged 4-6, speeding, and failure to keep right on a two-lane road, police said.

Rife was traveling east in Blue Mountain Road in the town of Fine when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve, due to unsafe speed and prescription medication abuse, according to troopers.

Rife exited the north shoulder of the roadway, struck a tree, continued east and struck another tree. Her six-year-old child was unbuckled in the backseat.

Rife was transported to Clifton-Fine Hospital by Star Lake Rescue. She was treated for a possible broken arm and lacerations, troopers said, adding that her daughter was also transported.

Rife admitted to taking more than the prescribed amount of her prescribed medication approximately 2 hours before the accident, police said.