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Mother jailed for month for DUI with kids in car
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A mother will serve a month behind bars after she was caught drunk driving with her children in the car.
The mother, Estela Elder, 28, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of DUI and reckless endangerment. She was ordered to serve 37 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, perform 24 hours public service work, attend DUI Class, pay $450 plus costs, and lose her driver license for one year.
Her 2006 Mercury was pulled over by sheriff’s deputy Rusty Woodlee after there was a report of a car being “all over the road” on Highway 70. Woodlee caught up to the vehicle, which he said was crossing “from white line to white line” near the intersection of Highway 30.
Woodlee said Elder was quick to admit she had been taking medication. “She admitted she had been taking Zoloft,” he noted.
Zoloft is a drug used to help treat depression and has side effects including drowsiness.
The officer said he administered a field sobriety test which she failed. She was placed into custody and was hit with the additional charges for having her three children in the car with her, the kids ranging in age from 5 to 10. The deputy also noted the children were not properly restrained.
“None of the three children were in booster seats, but all were strapped in with seatbelts,” Woodlee said, noting he later took Elder to St. Thomas River Park Hospital for a blood-alcohol test.