"Extremely" Drunk Mom Had Child in Car at McDonald’s: Cops

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    A Massachusetts mother was "extremely" drunk and had her 2-year-old daughter in the car with her when she went through the drive-thru of a McDonald’s in Clinton, Connecticut, police said.

    Employees of the fast-food restaurant on Boston Post Road called police around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to raise concerns about the driver.

    "She's clearly intoxicated," a McDonald's employee told dispatch in the 911 call. He said the woman had run out of gas and that a co-worker smelled alcohol on her breath while pushing her car into a parking space.

    Police identified the woman as Michelle Dion, 28, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and said she was “extremely intoxicated.”

    She told officers she'd had two glasses of wine earlier in the day and had driven from Hammonasset State Park with her daughter to get food, according to the police report.

    Dion failed several field sobriety tests, refused a Breathalyzer test and was slurring her words, according to police. When  asked to recite the alphabet, she stopped at "v."

    She was charged with driving under the influence and risk of injury to a minor.

    Her child was taken into protective custody, brought to the Clinton police station and the state Department of Children and Families was notified.

    DCF is conducting an independent investigation, according to police, and the child was eventually turned over to a family member.

    Dion was being held at the Clinton Police Department on a $1,000 bond and appeared in Middlesex Superior Court today. She's due back in court next Wednesday.

    Information on an attorney for Dion was not immediately available.

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