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March 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Cops: Woman arrested for DUI had toddler in car

A 34-year-old woman was  arrested early Friday morning on investigation of drinking and driving after Seattle police say she crashed into a parked car in the International District.

Her 22-month-old son was in the car and a bottle of fortified wine was tucked between her legs, police said, when she was found passed out in the driver’s seat at 5th Ave South and South King Street shortly before 1 a.m., Seattle police said.

Officers woke the woman up to see if she could  perform a standard field sobriety test.  She could not, and refused to take a breathalyzer test, police said.

The woman’s license had been revoked, and she had an interlock device in her car, police said. She had been arrested for DUI five times in the past decade and had an outstanding warrants in Franklin County for DUI, driving with a suspended license, and bail jumping, according to police.

Her blood-alcohol level was tested at .27, more than three times the legal limit for driving, police said on the SPD Blotter.

The child was taken into custody by Child Protective Services, police said.

“She’s very fortunate the most precious cargo she had with her was not injured,” says DUI Squad Officer Eric Michl. “This had all the makings of a tragedy.”

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