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News Release

OWI (high BAC .24) Cocaine possesion and child endagerment 4780-18 7/21/18

NATURE OF INCIDENT:

1.       OWI with high BAC with 3 counts of child endangerment

2.       Possession of marijuana

3.       Possession of cocaine

4.       Drove While License Suspended

5.       Provide False Information to Police Officer

6.       3 arrest warrants from the metro Detroit area police agencies.

INCIDENT #: 4780-18

DATE & TIME: 

7/21/18 at 0545AM

LOCATION: 

Westbound I94 near the Paw Paw exit (mile marker 60)

SUSPECT DRIVER: 

31 year old female from Detroit

VICTIMS: 

All children of the arrested driver.

7 year old male

2 year old male

10 month old male. 

NARRATIVE: 

Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that a Van Buren County Deputy coming in to start his shift, was traveling west on I94 when a vehicle was observed driving between 45-60 mph in the left lane and the vehicle was swerving erratically during a rainstorm.  A traffic stop was made and the female driver was found to be highly intoxicated with her three children in the car.  During the investigation, she stated that she had left a party in Kalamazoo and was heading home to her residence in Detroit and was confused when told she was heading west on I94 towards Chicago.  Upon being placed under arrest, she was administered a Datamaster which showed her blood alcohol content to be a 0.24 which is 3 times the legal limit.  Upon being booked in the jail, it was determined that she gave a false name to the arresting deputy and the name she gave was that of a female neighbor that resides on the driver’s street in Detroit.  During a search subsequent to arrest, cocaine was found in the driver’s wallet with her Michigan ID card and marijuana was found laying next to the seat where one of the children was sitting.  The fathers of the three children were contacted and drove to the Sheriff’s Office from the Detroit area to retrieve their children.

INVESTIGATING DEPUTIES: 

Deputy Jason Stasienko and Sgt. Kyle Romeo

ASSISTING AGENCIES: 

Paw Paw Police Department, Child Protective Services

SUPERVISOR CONTACT:

Lieutenant Jim Charon at 269-657-2006 or the on-duty Road Patrol Sergeant at 269-657-3101.

Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to www.vbcsheriff.com and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon