A Florida woman was arrested on Saturday after she was spotted weaving in and out of traffic with an unbuckled child in the backseat of her car.
New York Post reports that Brandy Lerma, 31, of Boynton Beach, is facing DUI and child abuse charges after a passerby saw her weaving all over the road and called 911.
“I was afraid she was going to kill someone,” Juan Martinez told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Martinez told authorities that he spotted a gold Chevrolet Malibu “driving all over the place” around Haverhill Boulevard, close to Belvedere Road. He said driver almost hit at least four cars and appeared to be drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Police pulled the Malibu over and the driver, identified was Lerma, was asked to step out of the vehicle and take two roadside test. According to deputies, she failed both tests. Lerma then took two breathalyzer tests and failed both, registering .200 and .187. Florida law states the legal limit is .08.
Officers also noticed a toddler in the backseat of the Malibu, with no seatbelt or car seat. The 3-year-old was standing unrestrained when the officers spotted him. Fortunately, the child was unharmed.
Lerma told the officers that she took two prescription medications, Percocet and Xanax, then “drank two fireballs.” She allegedly slurred her speech and told the officers she couldn’t find her driver’s license, even though it was in plain sight.
The suspect was arrested but has since made bail. She is expected back in court next month.
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[Feature Photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]