LOWELL -- Prosecutors say an alleged female drug dealer, accused of using her car to ram the car of a customer who owes her money, knew there were three small children in the car when she hit it.
In Lowell District Court Monday, Mary Sorensen, 28, of 103 Camden St., Dracut, pleaded not guilty to five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child with injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A drug with intent to distribute and possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute.
Due to the "egregious'' nature of the incident, Prosecutor Christine Maltby asked for $5,000 cash bail on the new case and to have Sorensen's bail revoked on a pending case.
"The defendant struck a vehicle with five people in a car during a drug deal,'' Maltby said.
Defense attorney Maryellen Cuthbert said the case may not be so simple. She told the judge that "everyone in this case has Fifth Amendment issues.''
Judge Thomas Brennan revoked Sorensen's bail on the pending case -- holding her without bail -- and set a $1,500 cash bail in the ramming case.
If she is released, Sorensen must stay away from the alleged victims, remain drug-free and submit to random screens.
The two people in the car that was rammed were not arrested, police said.
Maltby said when police asked Sorensen if she knew there were children in the car she rammed, she allegedly responded that she did.
Maltby alleges that when Lowell police were called to the area of 785 Gorham St., about 4:30 p.m. for a car accident and an argument, they found Sorensen in one vehicle, and a woman and her ex-boyfriend from Tyngsboro, both of whom are 26, in another vehicle.
The couple had their children, ages 1, 2, and 7, buckled in the back seat, according to police.
The male victim told police he was meeting with Sorenson, his alleged drug dealer, about the money owes her, but she allegedly became enraged when he told her he couldn't pay.
The couple and their children drove away, but Sorensen pursued them in her car, and drove into the rear passenger and driver's side doors of the couple's car before both vehicles came to a stop on Gorham Street, according to police.
Police found about 15 grams of crack cocaine and about 10 grams of heroin in separate bags that Sorensen had stuffed into her shirt, according to police. They also found crack pipes, baggies, scales and hypodermic needles inside her car, according to police.
The children appeared to be uninjured, but were taken to Lowell General Hospital/Saints Campus as a precaution. Police notified the Department of Children and Families.
The children's 26-year-old mother, who was driving the car the family was in, will also be summonsed to court to face a charge of operating after license suspension because police determined her license is suspended.
But Maltby said the mother was unaware that her ex-boyfriend was meeting an alleged drug dealer.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 3.
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