Woman accused of drunk driving with grandchildren in carMay 02,2013Grandma accused of drunken driving
BENNINGTON — A Silver Street woman was charged with five misdemeanors on Monday after police said she had been stopped on Saturday while driving with three children in the car and a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.
Evelyn L. O’Brien, 53, of Bennington, pleaded innocent on Monday to two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and three charges of reckless endangerment.
In an affidavit, Officer Joshua Stemp, of the Bennington Police Department, said he stopped O’Brien around 9:10 p.m. on Saturday after watching her drive through the intersection of Main and Depot streets. According to Stemp, O’Brien drifted toward the opposite lane while driving through the intersection.
During the stop, Stemp said he learned there were three children in the car, a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old. Two of the children were O’Brien’s grandchildren and the third was a family friend.
According to the affidavit, O’Brien’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.176 percent at the scene of the stop around 9:25 p.m. The legal limit in Vermont is 0.08 percent. At the police station, around 10:30 p.m., O’Brien’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.0162 percent.
O’Brien, who has no criminal record, was released without bail on Monday but ordered not to have any children younger than 18 in her vehicle when she drives.
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