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Jackson Co. woman caught driving intoxicated with infant on lap

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 19:49:01-04

MEDORA — A Jackson County woman was arrested late Tuesday after a sheriff's deputy caught her driving under the influence with a 2-month-old baby in her lap.

According to a report from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, it happened at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy stopped a vehicle at David and Washington streets in Medora. The deputy observed the vehicle driving all over the roadway.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, he saw the driver, a 55-year-old woman from Vallonia, holding a 2-month-old baby in her lap. The woman reportedly told the deputy the infant had been on her lap from the time she left Sparksville and she was driving to her home in Vallonia. The deputy reported that the woman had signs of impairment from her driving behavior and as he was talking with her.

The woman, whom RTV6 is not naming because formal charges have not been filed, reportedly failed a field sobriety test. She did not give consent to take a chemical test.

Deputies said during a search of the woman's car they found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, 7.5 grams of marijuana, two controlled substances and two pills that were for prescription only.

The woman was arrested and is being held in the Jackson County Jail on suspicion of neglect of a dependent, suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and several drug-related charges.

The infant was released to its mother.