Woman charged with DUI with kids in car

Published 8:05 pm Monday, July 6, 2015

A Portsmouth woman has been charged with a number of crimes after police say she left a restaurant driving under the influence with 12 people in the vehicle.



Police were dispatched to the Applebee’s in the 100 block of Lake View Parkway just after midnight on July 2 because a patron was refusing to pay her tab and arguing with staff, according to city spokeswoman Diana Klink.

When officers arrived, employees pointed them toward a vehicle that was leaving the parking lot. An officer stopped the vehicle, a 2004 Ford Excursion, and found there were 12 people in the vehicle, including two who are the woman’s children.

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Following an investigation, warrants for driving under the influence of alcohol with child and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor were issued and served on Danielle Dawn Harrell, 27, Klink said. Harrell was also issued summonses for defective equipment and three counts of transporting a child without a child restraint device.

During inventory of her property, prescription pills that were not in a prescription bottle were found, Klink added. The pills were collected and sent to the lab.