Tuscaloosa Mother Charged with Endangering 4-Year-Old Son While Driving Drunk
A woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her 4-year-old child after police in Tuscaloosa found that she was driving while extremely intoxicated, according to court documents filed this week.
In new charging documents, an officer with the University of Alabama Police Department said last Saturday, they were asked to be on the lookout for a vehicle driving erratically near the UA campus.
The officer then reportedly spotted a car matching the description stopped in the middle of Jack Warner Parkway near Randall Way and after observing for a short time, pulled over the driver.
The driver was a 35-year-old Tuscaloosa woman, and the UAPD officer found probable cause to charge her with driving under the influence.
The officer also found a four-year-old boy sitting "unstrapped in a child restraint seat, screaming and crying." The child had also soiled himself, the officer reported.
Police gave the woman a breathalyzer test, and her blood alcohol concentration was 0.21 percent -- nearly three times Alabama's legal limit of .08.
Ultimately, the woman was charged with misdemeanor DUI, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and a traffic citation for failing to use a child restraint on her toddler son.
She has since been released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond.
It is the policy of the Tuscaloosa Thread to only identify by name suspects who are charged with felony crimes. Since the suspect in the case was only charged with misdemeanors, her name and mugshot will not be shared here.