Update: A judge sentence Tomeka Stockwell, she of the improbably back-to-back DUIs with her child in the car fame, to one year in prison. She pleaded no contest and will also have to attend alcohol treatment and parenting classes. (Cleveland.com)
Hang around the halls of Scene & Heard long enough and you'll see a story or two about drunk moms toting their kids around in a car. It happens more often than you'd think.
For instance, there was Tomeka Stockwell, who back in June was pulled over by Mentor cops and arrested for a DUI (which she later pleaded no contest to) after police found her 3-year-old in the backseat with no seat belt on, loose empty beer cans in the car, and Stockwell under the influence. (And under arrest.) Oh, and she was pregnant at the time.
There are more. All bad. All unnecessary. All special in their own little way. One thing we've never seen, however, is a repeat offender in this category. Until now.
Tomeka Stockwell was pulled over again last week for DUi, according to Mentor Patch. And again, she had her kid in the car.
An officer spotted her car while it was parked on the side of Route 2 between the Route 306 and 615 exits, Mentor Police Lt. Tom Powers said. The car had a flat tire.
The officer suspected Stockwell of driving drunk. She failed field sobriety tests and refused to use the breathalyzer, Powers said.
She also had a 4-year-old child in the front seat. He was wearing a seatbelt but wasn't in a booster seat, which is required by law, Powers said.
Her license was suspended from the previous DUI incident, so in addition to DUI, child endangering, failing to properly restrain a child, and not wearing a seatbelt, she was also charged with driving with a suspended license.