Woman Admits To Drunken Driving With Kids In The Car
Jamie Dunn pleaded guilty to felony counts of endangering children and operating a vehicle while intoxicated
A Mentor woman admitted to driving while drunk with her two children in the car.
Jamie Dunn, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony counts of endangering children and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Judge Eugene Lucci told Dunn that she could face up to 3 1/2 years in prison when he sentences June 28.
However, the punishment will be far worse -- 10 years in prison -- if she is convicted of drunken driving again after this, he warned.
"If you haven't figure out your last drink was that day, I think you need to figure that out," Lucci said.
Dunn was arrested on March 19 while driving in Mentor.
A Mentor police officer was parked on a driveway along Center Street just south of the State Route 2 exit when he saw a car pass by with a fight happening inside, according to police.
Dunn was driving and Isaac Reynolds, 34, of Mentor, was the front-seat passenger.
The officer could see Reynolds hitting Dunn so he pulled his cruiser out behind them and signalled for them to stop.
They pulled onto Station Street and stopped. The officer got out of his cruiser and could still hear Reynolds yelling and saw him punch her in the head.
Reynolds did not stop yelling until he saw the police officer approach, police said.
When the officer reached the car, he saw an open can of Labatt Blue beer in Dunn's hand and two kids in the back seat. The children were four and five years old, respectively. Neither was in a car seat.
The officer asked Dunn to get out of the car and she stumbled as she did, police said. She had minor visible injuries.
The policeman gave Dunn field sobriety tests, which she failed, prosecutors said. When he asked her to take a blood test, she refused.
The officer arrested both Dunn and Reynolds. Reynolds, who lived with Dunn, was charged with domestic violence.
Meanwhile, Dunn was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment.
All of those charges are felonies because of previous convictions. Dunn has been convicted of drunken driving four times in the last six years.
She was also previously convicted of child endangerment in Cuyahoga County.