Woman Charged with DUI while Taking her Child to School

By Topher

A Florida woman’s decision to drink and drive is once again highlighting the unexpected consequences a DUI can have.

Tampa Bay Online reports a that a 39-year-old woman is accused of driving an 11-year-old child to school while under the influence of illegal drugs. According to police, she crashed her car into another car, and into a fence.

The child was in the passenger seat of the car when the incident occurred. She was not injured, though she was too upset to go to school and went home with her father.

The incident surrounds the mother, Lena K. Maki, who was driving her child to Chasco Elementary at around 9:30 in the morning when she collided with the other car. Maki, seeing what she had done, attempted to leave the scene of the accident. She drove over a curb and into one of the school’s fences in her attempt to flee.

A nearby individual ultimately pulled their car in front of Maki’s, to prevent her from leaving the scene of the accident. According to the police report, Maki also attempted to flee on foot but troopers prevented her from doing so. One sheriff saw her throw her keys into the grass, but he was able to retrieve them as they returned to the school.

When police were finally able to interact with Maki, she nodded off several times as they spoke to her. Her words were slurred, and she attempted to lean against her Jeep for support. Instead, she fell over in the grass, where she proceeded to urinate on herself.
Maki failed field sobriety tests, and it was the observation of the police that she was under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that Maki is charged with DUI, child neglect, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI with damage to property or person.



DUI Convinces Arizona Legislator to go Into Rehab

By Mary Ann

Arizona State Representative Tricia Groe was arrested for DUI last week.

State legislators are no longer immune from arrest and criminal charges for drinking and driving. Groe had been cited for DUI seven years ago in California. This latest DUI convinced her to enter a 30-day alcohol rehabilitation program.

The La Paz County Attorney plans to charge Groe with aggravated DUI, a felony. Conviction for a felony is cause for removal from the state legislature in Arizona.

Her prior conviction in California will make it more difficult for Groe to plead down to a misdemeanor.

Groe was pulled over for erratic driving. She attempted three different breathalyzer tests, registering a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.168, 0.158, and 0.148 percent. 0.160 percent is twice the legal limit for DUI in Arizona.

Groe told a deputy that she was “a functioning alcoholic.” She had been sober for many years, but had relapsed. Groe said she was thankful she didn’t injure or kill anyone.