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Mother allegedly drove child to school while drunk

A 51-year-old River Falls woman was arrested for drunk driving with a child under 16 last Thursday morning, Nov. 21. The woman had just dropped off her daughter at Greenwood Elementary School.

River Falls police were tipped off by staff at Greenwood. They had been concerned for days about the woman’s ability to drive.

On Nov. 21, the woman was pulled over by a trailing officer a few blocks from the school, allegedly after weaving and driving very slow.

Driving drunk with a child means the case is considered criminal. The woman, who was taken to jail, has an appearance scheduled Jan. 29 in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Police also:

--Cited a 40-year-old rural River Falls woman for drunk and inattentive driving during a crash on the Hwy. 35/65 bypass at East Cascade Avenue after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The woman allegedly rear-ended a truck waiting for a red light. She later said she just bumped him and drove off. The other driver had expected her to pull over. He called 911 and reported she had left the scene.

A Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy tracked the woman down. He claimed to find her hiding inside her house. He could see her through a window.

The woman  claimed she wasn’t hiding, but merely bending low to do a chore.

The woman told the deputy she had been drinking with girlfriends at a bar in Hudson. Returning home, she had “bumped” the other driver on the highway.

She didn’t think it was bad, so she drove on home.

A River Falls patrol officer arrived at her house to take over from the deputy. The woman was arrested after doing field sobriety tests.

--Checked out a battery report from after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at 408 N. Pearl St. Three woman who don’t live there were involved in some kind of fight. One suffered a broken nose. The incident is still under investigation.

For more, please see Police Beat in the Nov. 27 print edition of the River Falls Journal.