Ohio woman accused of driving under influence of alcohol, drugs with kids in car

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Pamela Wright, charged with endangering children and physical control in Warren, Ohio-873777806

An Ohio woman, who police suspect was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was arrested in Warren on Friday, where she was driving with her 5- and 7-year-old kids.

Police stopped 45-year-old Pamela Wright in the parking lot of the Hot Dog Shoppe after they said she was swerving all over the roadway and nearly hit another vehicle. 

According to a police report, Wright was slurring her speech and swaying in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Two young children were in the back seat of the vehicle in booster seats with no seat belts, according to police. 

When questioned about her erratic driving, Wright said she hit her head on the trunk door and she believed that caused her difficulty in concentrating on driving, according to the report. 

Police said Wright admitted to having a “few sips of Bud Light” at a friend’s house but said she wasn’t drinking. She added that she took a prescribed Klonopin earlier that morning. 

Police said she failed a field sobriety test. She was taken to the hospital, where she gave a blood sample for testing.

Once there, she added that she also took Norco pills because her head had been hurting, according to the report.

Wright was charged with failure to signal a turn, driving under suspension, OVI, improper child restraints and child endangering. 

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