Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 30, 2012

'Parking rage' lands woman in hot water


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— SALEM, Mass. — A Rhode Island woman who found her car wedged into a parking space by another motorist took matters — and a marker — into her own hands, police say.

A day of sight-seeing in this historic New England city had been going well for Beth-Sue Dwares, 52, of Johnston, R.I., until she returned to find her car was blocked in.

Highly frustrated, she scrawled “ignorant (expletive)” with a black Sharpie on the hood of a rented 2012 Mazda, an act of vandalism witnessed by Sgt. Harry Rocheville, head of the Salem Police Department’s Community Impact Unit.

As another officer, Patrolman Robert Phelan, approached, they saw her tossing a marker into the side of her own Honda. They say she also scrawled the same words, in lipstick, on the Mazda’s window.

“It’s very out of character for me,” said an embarrassed Dwares as she left court Monday, where she tried to persuade a judge to let her resolve the case. Instead, she’ll have to come back on Nov. 29.

Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski said that the best course of action in such a situation is to call police, who might have been able to help.

The damaged car is owned by Hertz and appeared to have been rented at the Manchester, N.H., airport.

Police said they couldn't remove the writing when they attempted to wipe it off, and that led to a charge of vandalism.

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Details for this story were provided by The Salem (Mass.) News.