Police: Mom Arrested On DUI Charges After Nodding Off In Drive-Thru With 2-Year-Old In Back Seat

A Pennsylvania woman is facing multiple charges after they found her driving under the influence of drugs with her 2-year-old son in the back seat, police say.

The traffic stop came after a man dialed 911 Monday morning saying a woman behind him at a Collingdale Dunkin Donuts drive-thru kept nodding off at the wheel and running into his bumper, WPVI News reports. 

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Police arrived shortly before 10:30 a.m. and stopped 25-year-old Amber Nicole Anthony, of nearby Clifton Heights, just as she was driving away from the pick-up window, according to The Delaware County Times. 

Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams told The Times that the two officers who stopped Anthony said she appeared disoriented and confused. The officers also found a recently purchased iced coffee spilled on the front seat of her vehicle. 

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Adams said the officers believed Anthony to be “under the influence of something and unable to safely operate the motor vehicle.” 

“Based on their observations and that of witness statements, Officer Beese did secure her and transport her to Taylor Hospital for blood,” he added. 

After looking in her car for identification, police reportedly found several pills, suspected to be the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, along with a glass pipe and a substance suspected to be marijuana. 

After being checked out at the hospital, Anthony was booked into the county detention facility. She faces a number of charges including DUI involving a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children, and careless and reckless driving.

She was last reported in custody, held on $25,000 bail.

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Her son was transported from the scene, by ambulance, to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital for observation and later placed in the care of Child and Youth Services of Delaware County.

Adams said he was glad someone reported Anthony and that officers were able to arrive at the scene before she drove off. 

“I’m glad that somebody stepped up,” he told The Times. “Two citizens saw this woman and the child in the car seat and were concerned.”

Anthony is due in court for a preliminary hearing on July 28. 

Sources: WPVI News, The Delaware County Times, Daily Mail

Photo Credit: Daily Mail


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