A Knox woman driving with her two young children was arrested Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle accident on China Road in Winslow.

Winslow police Detective Brad Hubert said Kristi Abbott, 30, was driving a four-door 2013 Chevrolet Cruze east on China Road when her car struck the back of a Toyota mini-van traveling in the same direction.

Abbott was arrested and charged with operating without a license, violation of conditions and restrictions by having alcohol in her system and operating after suspension. The violation of conditions and restrictions came after police tested Abbott with a breath intoxilyzer at the police station and found she had a small amount of alcohol in her system, but not enough charge her with operating under the influence.

“Basically she had a condition not to have any alcohol in her system while she operated her vehicle, and she did have alcohol in her system,” Hubert said by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Hubert said Abbott has two convictions for operating under the influence.

The accident happened about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, east of Dr. Auto and just before the intersection of Maple Ridge Road. The eastbound lane of traffic was closed for about an hour, he said.


There were no injuries. The children in Abbott’s car, ages 1 and 2, were secured in car seats, Hubert said. Abbott’s car had some front-end damage and airbag deployment and was towed, he said.

Abbott was released on bail at the police station and faces a future court date.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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