Information provided by the Bath Township Police Department.
A Copley woman called police on Christmas Eve after her car slid off the road in the snow, according to a Bath Township police report. Lisa Teter, 43, told police West Bath Road was slippery and that she had three — ages 7, 8 and 12 — in the car. Officers at the scene thought they smelled alcohol on the woman's breath and asked her to come back to the station, the report said. Officers asked Teter to perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, and she blew a 0.216 in a breath test, the report stated. The legal limit is 0.08. Teter was charged with child endangering and drunken driving.
Some are surprised to find that leaving children alone in a car is illegal.
Two women were cited in separate, unrelated incidents with leaving children alone in their cars while they shopped. Police were patrolling of the parking lot when they discovered the 2007 Mitsubishi with the engine running and both children inside. Harper told police that she didn’t know it was illegal to leave the children unattended. She said in Florida it is legal to leave the children in a car for 15 minutes or less. Police charged Harper with leaving children unattended in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. She also was cited for parking in a fire lane. Williams told police she was in the store to get medicine for the child. She said she was gone for about 4 minutes and did not want to wake the child because he was ill. …