WASHINGTON TWP. (WWJ) – Police said they were forced to use a Tazer on an alleged drunk woman who was driving with a child in her vehicle.

The situation unfolded around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, after the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about an intoxicated woman who was about to drive away from restaurant at 26 Mile and Van Dyke roads in Washington Township.

As deputies were arriving at the scene, they observed a red 2003 Ford Explorer — described by the 911 caller as the vehicle in question — as it was leaving the parking lot.

Deputies stopped the vehicle and realized an 11-year-old child was seated in the front passenger seat. Deputies then spoke to the driver, a 50-year-old Shelby Township woman, before administering a series of field sobriety tests.

After the woman failed the tests, deputies informed her that she was under arrest. Police said that’s when the woman became uncooperative. Eventually, a deputy deployed a Tazer, twice, to gain compliance.

Once at the Macomb County Jail, the woman registered a blood alcohol content of .19 percent, as determined by a breathalyzer test. The legal limit for driving in Michigan is .08 percent.

The woman, whose name was not released, was charged with operating while impaired — high blood alcohol content, resisting and obstructing arrest, and child endangerment.


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