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Carolyn Airey
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Police: Mont Vernon woman dumps gas, assaults husband

MONT VERNON – A 54-year-old local woman who police say has a recent history of drunken driving and related offenses was arrested again Tuesday for allegedly assaulting her husband after she poured gasoline around the garage of their Old Milford Road home.

Police said Carolyn Airey appeared intoxicated when Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough officers encountered her at 62 Old Milford Road, where they had answered a call for a reported domestic disturbance. In speaking with Airey’s husband, Joseph, police learned he discovered Carolyn Airey in the garage of the home, pouring gasoline onto the ground, police said.

When Joseph Airey attempted to open up the garage to clear the fumes and air it out, Carolyn Airey allegedly assaulted him, police said, then got into a car parked in the garage and began kicking the interior and damaging the windshield.

Police said that after speaking with the Aireys and others who were present, officers took Carolyn Airey into custody, charging her with one count of simple assault. She was booked and later released on $1,200 personal recognizance bail pending an April 11 appearance in Milford district court.

Police, who didn’t elaborate on Airey’s intentions or whether she may have been attempting to start a fire, continue to investigate the matter and said Airey could face additional charges.

Before Tuesday, Carolyn Airey’s last encounter with police was in January, when she was arrested and charged with driving after suspension or revocation of license. She was under suspension, police said, because they arrested her in July for driving while intoxicated. She was subsequently convicted of both offenses, police said.

– DEAN SHALHOUP