Mom Was Passed Out Drunk in Car: Cops

Her 4-year-old daughter was found unrestrained, according to a report from police.

A 30-year-old mother from Newington was arrested in Middletown after police found her passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle with her 4-year-old daughter unrestrained in the car, police said.

Police said the woman, Alanna Johnson, 30, of City Inn Berlin Turnpike in Newington, was passed out and her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Police went to investigate in front of Auto Store II on Newfield Street at 10:15 p.m. on June 26 because it appeared that a person was passed out in the car, according to the arraignment report.

The car was stopped, but ignition was on, police said, and Johnson was slumped over the wheel.

Her daughter was inside, restrained neither by a car seat nor a seat belt, police said.

The officer knocked on the window several times, then reached inside the open window and shook Johnson, but she did not respond, so the officer unlocked the door, removed the little girl from the car and put her in the police car.

After a few minutes, Johnson responded, police said. Her eyes were bloodshot, her speech was slow and slurred and she smelled of alcohol, police said.

Police said she failed all three sobriety tests. At the police station, her blood alcohol level registered a .199 and a .201.

Johnson was charged with driving under the influence, risk of injury and transporting a child under the age of 6 without a child restraint system.

Police said Johnson could not find a sober person to pick her up, so she was held in a holding cell until sobering up, then released on a $2,500 non-surety bond.

The state Department of Children and Families was contacted and the child was turned over to another family member at the department's direction.

She is scheduled to appear in court on July 10.



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