A woman will serve 10 days for driving drunk with unrestrained children in the car.
The woman, Helen L. Giles, 25, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of reckless endangerment, violation of child restraint and DUI. She was ordered to serve 10 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $350 plus costs, attend DUI school, lose her driver license for one year, and perform 24 hours public service work.
Her time comes after she was pulled over while speeding on Mullican Street. The arresting deputy said she was not only speeding but was also driving recklessly when he pulled her over.
“She was very slow responding and had slurred speech and the strong smell of alcohol was coming from the vehicle,” sheriff’s deputy Eddie Colwell said in his warrants against Giles.
It was at that point, Colwell said he saw a child in the backseat, sitting on the lap of an adult.
“There was a six-year-old child sitting in the lap of a male subject in the backseat with no restraint,” Cowell wrote, noting there were also two other children in the vehicle.
Cowell noted Giles could not pass the field sobriety tests he performed roadside.
“She admitted she had drunk four or five drinks of liquor and was taking a nerve pill,” Cowell revealed of her confession. “After performing the sobriety tests, she said she knew she did very badly on them.”