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Woman pleads not guilty to driving drunk in Fife with several children improperly belted in backseat

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 30, 2013 at 10:29 am |
April 30, 2013 10:29 am

The  trooper pulled over a speeding vehicle in Fife containing two allegedly drunk women, several young children improperly belted into the backseat and a nearly empty bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

The 26-year-old driver, who initially provided a false name because she had warrants out for her arrest, pleaded not guilty to felony DUI, reckless endangerment, making a false statement to a public servant and third-degree driving on a suspended license.

The woman was convicted in 2010 of vehicular assault in King County and had her license suspended, court records show.

The trooper noticed the car speeding and making “unnecessary lane changes” and pulled it over on Interstate 5 near the 54th Avenue East overpass in Fife on Friday evening.

He noticed an infant in a car seat with only a lap belt next to two multiple kids sharing two seat belts. He saw the almost empty liquor bottle. He asked the driver if she’d been drinking.

She allegedly denied it at first, then confessed to having some wine coolers. Three breathalyzer tests showed she was over the legal driving limit of .08, according to charging papers.

The woman was arrested and her passenger found a ride home for the children.

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