Gayle Drummond, 37 of Norwell, was arrested this past Saturday night and charged with violating Massachusetts Drunk Driving / DUI Laws for driving without her pants and with her 4 month old baby in the car.
According to the Norwell Police Department, officers received reports of a drunk driver who allegedly hit a snow bank, removed her pants and then continued driving. The person who reported the incident also observed an infant in the backseat.
A short while later, Drummond was stopped by Norwell Police, who allege that she had an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet. The officers did confirm that there was a 4 month old child in the backseat, and that Drummond was not wearing her pants.
An inventory search of the car, according to the police, revealed a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee cup containing alcohol, as well as an open box of beer on the passenger floor. Elsewhere in the car officers also recovered additional beer and hard alcohol.
Drummond was arrested on scene and charged with DUI / Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, 3rd Subsequent Offense; Possession of Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle; and Reckless Endangerment of a Child.
Although the child reportedly was alright, it was taken to South Shore Hospital for evaluation and then taken into custody by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
As with every Drunk Driving related criminal charge, if you are stopped by the police for suspected DUI / OUI, you should be aware of your legal rights, including whether you elect to perform any Field Sobriety Tests or submit to a Blood Alcohol / Breathalyzer Test. Although there may be consequences, such as a loss of your driver's license for refusal of a Breathalyzer Test, you should weigh the consequences carefully relative to possibly having a great opportunity at beating your case.