A mother in Illinois was arrested for drunken driving after she tossed a beer can from her van in front of a cop while driving with three children in the backseat — one of whom was suffering from “severe abdominal pain,” police said.
Edith Hernandez, 37, was pulled over about 12:45 a.m. Sunday as she drove with three children, ranging in age from 9 to 17, NBC Chicago reports.
The officer could “immediately” smell alcohol on Hernandez’s breath. She also had bloodshot, glossy eyes and had a hard time speaking with officers as they questioned her.
Hernandez said she had been drinking earlier in the day in Berwyn and was trying to get her 17-year-old daughter home because she was sick with “severe abdominal pain,” according to the station.
The teen was taken by paramedics to a hospital for observation, while relatives picked up the other two kids, ages 9 and 11. An intoxicated man was also in the car with Hernandez, police said.
“This is a typical holiday DUI arrest where individuals party all weekend long, get into their car and attempt to drive home — and in this case with children — thinking that there will be no consequences,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel told the station. “Fortunately, no one was injured and this individual was stopped and arrested before either she or anyone in her vehicle could be seriously injured.”
Hernandez, whose blood-alcohol content of .096 exceeded the legal limit of 0.08, told police she had at least four beers earlier in the day and was trying to get her family back to Streator, a city about 80 miles southwest of Chicago.
Police said Hernandez, who is due back in court in July, did not try to find another driver or call for medical help for her 17-year-old daughter.
Hernandez was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, endangering the life of a child, unsafe opening of a door in traffic, littering on the roadway, and driving with no vehicle insurance, WLS reports.