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Woman charged with DUI had child in her lap, Edgewater police say

'Man, I was really drunk,' the woman told officers, according to report

Christina Hutchinson, 35.

EDGEWATER, Fla. – An Edgewater woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she was driving under the influence with a toddler on her lap.

Edgewater police were dispatched at 12:34 p.m. near West Indian River Boulevard and South Ridgewood for a call about a reckless driver. When an officer arrived to the area, he saw a white Dodge pickup truck “swerving all over the road” with its hazard lights on, according to the report.
The officer said he turned on his cruiser lights and attempted to stop the driver.  The vehicle switched lanes, drove off the road and into a median full of water, becoming stuck, according to the report.

As the officer approached the vehicle, he saw Christina Hutchinson, 35, with a small child in her lap, the report said. Hutchinson told officers that she was on her way to the airport after getting into a fight with her ex-husband. She told officers she saw the police lights, but just wanted to get to the airport, according to the report.

Hutchinson told officers she had been drinking earlier in the day and had one beer, which was a 40-ounce can. She did not perform well during the field sobriety test, the officer wrote in the report.

While police were issuing Hutchinson her driving citations the report indicates she said, “Man, I was really drunk,” and then said, “I didn’t even look for the child seat before leaving the house.”

Officers contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families, which will be conducting an investigation.

Hutchinson is charged with eluding a police officer, child neglect and DUI. Her bail was set at $5,500.


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