Woman With Two Babies in Car Charged With DUI
The following incident was reported by the Middletown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Police arrested Erin Hebel, 51, of 280 Compton View Dr., on charges of driving under the influence. She was also cited with refusal to submit to a chemical test.
On Friday around 5:47 p.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to Aquidneck Avenue for a check condition on a tan SUV. Police said the suspect car was traveling approximately 15 mph in a 25 mph zone. The car swerved across the road, turned on Morrison Avenue but ran over the curb, clipped the corner of a snow bank and continued to drive over the grass and the road, said police.
Police said Hebel told police she had just picked up her two daughters, a two-year-old and a one-year old, from the DCYF Child and Family Services, but then said it was a daycare on John Clarke Road in Middletown. Keith Tavares, director of marketing for Child and Family Services, told Patch Hebel picked up her daughters about 90 minutes before the incident and staff had no reason to suspect she was unable to drive her children.
Police said her car was still in drive and she started to move forward. The officer yelled at her to stop the car and she allegedly told the officer she thought she was supposed to park the car. Police said she was confused and kept changing her story about what time she got off work to pick up her kids.
She was asked to step out of the vehicle. Police said she lost her balance and fell into her back bumper. She failed the field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.
Police found full and empty bottles of vodka in the car. Police contacted DCYF to advise them of the incident.