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Daughter tells S.C. police her mom drove drunk

Police in Rock Hill, South Carolina, arrested a 38-year-old woman on drunk driving charges after her daughter called 911.

The girl, 11, called authorities once they reached home to report that her mother had driven her after drinking. When officers got to their residence, the girl showed them the car she said her mother had operated. The parked car was slightly blocking the road near apartments along Rose Street in Rock Hill.

Upon questioning, the woman admitted to consuming two margaritas at a Mexican restaurant before driving home. Her daughter told police that her mother also had drunk a minimum of two beers sometime before going to the restaurant.

Police said the girl was the only passenger in the car after they left the restaurant. The girl said her mother drove erratically by swerving in the road and that their car had nearly collided with two others.

As police questioned her, the woman displayed a variety of emotions. Officers asked for the phone number of the girl's father, hoping to call him to come retrieve his daughter, but the woman refused to share the phone number.

Additionally, officers said she argued with them as they tried to obtain her participation in a number of field sobriety tests. They also said that the woman cried, then started to flirt with them.

Nevertheless, they took her into custody, and the woman now faces a charge of child endangerment in addition to DUI. She paid a $2,500 bond to secure her release from jail.

The daughter might have been scared enough by her mother's driving to call police, but that does not mean the woman met the standard to qualify as legally drunk. As the case proceeds, the prosecutors will need to prove that the woman was too impaired to drive. The daughter's word will not be enough.

Source: WISTV, "Daughter called 911 while mom drove drunk, report states," Chris Dyches, Sept. 25, 2012

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