Michigan Woman Drives Son to School While Drunk

Ferndale Michigan police arrested a mother for drunk driving after she stopped to ask for directions. Dena Ellington was trying to locate the Coolidge Intermediate School to drop her 9-year old son off at school. She pulled her Land Rover into the parking lot of Taft Education Center shortly after 8:30 am to ask a police officer for help. The officer detected alcohol and initiated an OWI/DUI investigation.

According to the arrest report, Ellington registered a blood alcohol content of .29%, more than three times the legal limit for driving while intoxicated in Michigan. The Oakland County resident was booked on charges of drunk driving in MI while an officer took the child to school.

It is Ellington’s first intoxication arrest. Police are considering elevated charges because the passenger was under 16-years old. If convicted, Ellington could face an additional six months in jail for having a minor in the vehicle.

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