Police: Woman endangered child by driving impaired

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 36-year-old woman from Burton was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly swerving her vehicle, refusing to pull over for about a mile, smelling of intoxicants and failing to perform a roadside sobriety test — all with a 7-year-old girl in the back seat — police said.

The incident took place about 6:20 p.m. when state troopers saw a gray Saturn swerving from the left lane to the right, and not signaling, on southbound Dixie Highway in Holly Township, according to a statement Wednesday from Michigan State Police.

Troopers tried to pull the woman over when they noticed the girl in the back seat. The Saturn allegedly did not slow down or stop, but continued to swerve. The woman allegedly drove about a mile before finally stopping, state police said.

When she got out of the car, police say, she fell against the Saturn multiple times. A strong odor of intoxicants allegedly emanated from the woman. Police administered “several field sobriety tests,” but the woman allegedly couldn’t perform them.

Troopers arrested the woman, who then consented to have her blood drawn. Results will take about a week to come back, said Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.

The child was turned over to family, and the suspect was taken to the Oakland County Jail, pending review by the Oakland County prosecutor. The woman was to be held in police custody until she’s sober, then released on her own recognizance, Shaw said.

If and when a warrant is issued by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, the woman could turn herself in.

jdickson@detroitnews.com