On Thursday, July 12th, The Rhode Island State Police announced the arrest of a Woonsocket woman on charges of driving while intoxicated with 5 children in her car.
41 year old Leah Beatriz Duran of 144 Park Place, Woonsocket, was arrested at around 3:15 PM on Wednesday at Lincoln Woods State Park after a member of the beach staff notified park police that a woman who was possibly intoxicated was preparing to leave the park in a minivan with five children, ages 7 months to 10 years old, inside.
When officers from the Department of Environmental Management confronted the driver, she allegedly backed into one of the officer’s trucks in an attempt to flee. No one was injured.
Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks arrested Duran for allegedly driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit. Breathalyzer tests showed her blood alcohol content was allegedly .279 and .277 in successive tests. The legal limit in Rhode Island is .08 percent.
Ms. Duran was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor or drugs, first offense, blood alcohol content at .15 or greater with a child under 13 and driving with a suspended/revoked/cancelled license.
She was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance, failure to maintain reasonable and prudent speeds and license to be carried on demand.
Duran was processed at the Lincoln Woods Police Barracks and released pending a court appearance on July 24th.
The children were turned over to relatives and The Department for Children, Youth and Families was notified.