Cathie Black Wasn’t Drunk When She Drove Her SUV Into Tree After Tree in the Hamptons

NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Cathleen Black (R), the new chancellor of the New York City school system, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) answer questions at a press conference during a tour of PS 262 as Dennis M. Walcott, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development, looks on January 3, 2011in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The former chairwoman of Hearst Magazines spent her first day as chancellor visiting five schools in all five New York City boroughs. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images) Photo: Michael Nagle/2011 Getty Images

Now, the Post isn't trying to tell you that former Hearst Magazines chairman and short-lived schools chancellor Cathie Black was drunk when she ran her car into a series of trees in the Hamptons a week ago. That could get them in trouble! It was just that the party she was leaving was "a boozy Bastille Day bash" that was "complete with a fully stocked bar," that's all. And Black was "seen enjoying alcoholic beverages." Those are just unrelated details, to flesh out the story! Her personal publicist swears she wasn't tipsy. See, this is all that actually happened.

"As she backed out, she practically hit every tree in the driveway," one shaken source said. "One of the guests stopped her and wouldn't let her drive further." ... Shards of shattered glass were seen on Krupinski's driveway, and the bark was ripped off of several trees.

Cathie's taking the season off to have fun. "I'm not dealing with any [job stuff] in the summer!" she told the Observer on Monday. "I’m going to enjoy my summer and think about my next-next." Sounds like a good plan — except when you're backing out of a driveway. Then it's pretty important to think about what's directly behind you.

Cathie Black smashes car into trees after Hamptons bash [NYP]