Florida (The Gaslamp Post) – A woman who was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence with her 3 small children in the car, had a pretty darn good excuse for the cops when they showed up. She reportedly told deputies at around 4:00am this past Thursday morning that she wasn’t driving.
Deputies responding to a call about an intoxicated driver, found the woman at the Kangaroo gas station in Marion County, and located 26-year-old Kimberly Noelle Martin. They immediately noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a witness saw the vehicle being driven by Martin, enter the parking lot at a high rate of speed before slamming on the brakes and coming to a stop in front of a gas pump.
The clerk said that Martin had come into the gas station smelling “of booze” and asked to use the restroom. Three small children in the car were noticed by the clerk whom then called police.
When deputies arrived they found Martin and when asked about her condition, she reportedly told police that she wasn’t the one driving. According to Ocala.com, Martin reportedly told the deputies that she had had a few drinks at home because she was upset about her husband’s recent arrest and that her mother-in-law was driving her to get him.
She (Martin) told the deputies that she and her mother-in-law had begun arguing when she (the mother-in-law) pulled into the gas station, exited the vehicle, and simply walked away, refusing multiple requests from Martin to come back. The clerk reportedly told officers that they hadn’t seen anyone else with Martin.
Deputies found Martin’s children still in the car, ages 9, 6, and 6-months-old. They also found several Oxycodone pills wrapped in a candy wrapper, inside of her vehicle.
Martin reportedly told officers that the pills belonged to her husband and that she was bringing them to him per his request. She also reportedly failed a field sobriety test, and had a 0.21% BAC, according to the breathalyzer.
Her mother was called to the scene to come and pick up her children, and deputies charged Martin with DUI, possession of oxycodone and tampering with evidence, according to the Marion County Sheriff. Martin is currently being held without bond after being found to already be out on probation stemming from earlier convictions of DUI and possession of prescription drugs.
She is due in court on April 15, 2013.
DCF had been notified and went to the jail to meet with Martin regarding her children. Her husband has reportedly bonded out of jail and has the children in his custody.