A Pittsburgh woman was arrested in a DUI/road rage incident. When police stopped her car, they discovered that she had her two-year-old daughter in the vehicle. After checking the woman's records, the police discovered that she was just arrested in February for another DUI with a minor in the vehicle.
A driver frantically called 911 to report that another driver was chasing her and had banged her vehicle into the caller's in some type of road rage incident in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, reports KDKA.
Authorities were able to catch up with the drivers and stop the alleged road-rager. However, instead of finding a burly road bully, they discovered 40-year-old mother Stacy Jo Watters behind the wheels of a Toyota SUV with her young daughter in the backseat. To show that the mother was not completely out-of-control, the child was apparently safely strapped in a child safety seat.
The arresting officer reportedly questioned Watters and noted the strong smell of alcohol on her breath. Watters was then given several field sobriety test, which she failed. Watters first denied that she had done any drinking, but eventually admitted to drinking two bottles of whiskey. In fact, she had an empty bottle of Black Velvet in her pocket. The mother also admitted that she had taken Percocet pills the night before. Watters has been charged with a DUI, reckless driving, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Washington Law On DUIs While Transporting a Minor
In Washington, you automatically face greater penalties if you are arrested for a DUI while transporting a passenger who is 16 years or younger. For example, law enforcement personnel will be required to call Child Protective Services (CPS) and you could potentially lose custody of your child. If you are convicted, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device, face greater fines, and risk increased jail sentences.
If you have been charged with a DUI while transporting a minor in the Seattle area, you should contact an attorney to understand the charges you face and to learn your options. Call Wolff Criminal Defense at 425-284-2000 to discuss your case.