While getting behind the wheel after a drink is rarely a good idea, this bad idea becomes exponentially more inadvisable when there are other passengers in the vehicle — especially when those other passengers are children. A woman from Gainesville was recently arrested and given a handful or charges after officers pulled her over with two small children in her car, following complaints called in by other drivers.

According to reports, the woman was stopped after other drivers called the police saying that the vehicle was swerving across the center line and had even gone up onto a sidewalk at one point. Soon enough, a police helicopter got involved and followed the driver for some time until the police arrived, watching as the car swerved across lines and hit curbs.

When the police finally got to the scene and stopped the woman, they reportedly found that her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was four times the legal limit. The woman was taken into custody, and the children were placed with their grandparents. Reports indicate that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) was also informed of the incident.

It is easy to look at this kind of situation with scorn and say to yourself, “I would never do something that foolish.” However, we all make foolish mistakes we never suspected ourselves capable of, and if or when that time comes, it is always wise to have strong legal representation there to protect your rights and ensure that you receive fair treatment from the court throughout the course of your case.

Source: WKMG-TV, “Florida woman was nearly 4 times over DUI limit, police say,” June 12, 2017