PLAINVILLE - A local mother has been charged with drunken driving while she had a 6-year-old child in the vehicle.
Police said Amy Demaine, 34, of 25 Terra Road, was seen driving erratically and in the wrong lane before being arrested on charges of driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and child endangerment while driving under the influence.
According to the police report, a witness called police on Monday, around 3:45 p.m., to report that a driver on Route 10 was crossing the double yellow center lines. The car, a gray Honda Accord, was seen pulling into Great Beginnings day care on East Street.
Police found the car and saw Demaine walking toward it, along with a child. After the 6-year-old boy got in, the officer stopped Demaine from closing the driver-side door and told her to put the keys on the dashboard. She complied and told the officer she had been looking for her daughter, who was later found to be at home with her sister.
Demaine, according to police, failed sobriety tests. The boy was picked up by his father.
Once back at the police department, Demaine registered 0.2352 and 0.2368 blood-alcohol content readings, well above the 0.08 legal limit, police said.
Officers then spoke to the witness who had first called police.
She said she had been at Linden Street School at about 3:30 p.m. when she saw a woman, later identified as Demaine, stumbling from her car to the school, where she picked up a boy. She then got into an Accord and drove away with him, the witness said.
The woman, who followed Demaine, said she saw her cross into oncoming traffic and stay in the wrong lane for about 15 seconds before getting back into the correct lane, the police report said.
Demaine also allegedly stopped at a green light at two intersections, which caused traffic to back up and motorists to honk their horns.
Demaine was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.
She is scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Jan. 22.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.