Woman charged with DUI had children in car


A Vine Grove woman was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment Friday after police say she drove intoxicated with two children in the car.

A Hardin County Sher­iff’s Office deputy saw Michelle Williams traveling on Ky. 313 going 65 miles per hour. Upon the officer running registration plates, the registration ex­pired in October.

Williams also was driving erratically, slowing down and speeding up for no reason, according to the arrest citation. The vehicle then came to an almost complete stop in the travel portion of Patriot Parkway.

The citation said Williams had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her. She told police she had drunk earlier in the evening.

During a sobriety test, Williams had trouble foll­ow­ing the deputy’s directions. A half-empty bottle of whiskey was found in the car. Two children, an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old, also were in the car.

Williams had no proof of insurance, according to her arrest citation.

Williams was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment; first offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants; first offense, failure of owner to maintain required insurance; no registration plates; careless driving; speeding 20 mph over the speed limit; and prohibited possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle.

First-degree wanton en­dang­er­ment is a Class D felony, punishable between one to five years in prison, if convicted. The other offenses are classified as misdemeanors or violations.

Williams was booked in the Hardin County De­ten­tion Center. Neither a bond nor a court date was set as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

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