Woman arrested for drinking, driving with kids in car

Woman arrested for drinking, driving with kids in car

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman faces a long list of charges, including child endangerment, after police say she drank and drove with a carload of kids.

Shortly after 11:30, Sunday night police arrested 34-year-old Catrina Denise Gentry at the intersection of Church and Washington.

The arrest came after an officer reportedly saw her driving recklessly through a parking lot.

During the stop, the officer noted a "strong odor of intoxicants" when he approached the car, according to the initial incident report.

He also noticed four children, ranging in age from 7 months to 9 years, in the car.

According to the report, none of the children was secured in a car seat.

Gentry told the officer they were on their way home from a family cookout and she was driving because her husband, who was a passenger in the car, had been drinking.

"She also stated that she had a few drinks earlier in the day," the report stated.

Due to her admission of consuming alcohol, the officer conducted a series of standardized field sobriety tests.

Following the tests, the officer determined she was impaired and arrested Gentry for driving while intoxicated.

The officer then took Gentry to the Craighead County Detention Center and administered a blood alcohol content test. According to the report, the BAC returned with a .12 reading.

The officer cited Gentry with DWI, four counts of no child restraint, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor-third degree, and hazardous driving.

According to the report, Gentry refused to sign her citation and was "too belligerent" to sign her official driver's license receipt and notice of suspension/revocation of driving privilege form.

She was placed on a 12-hour hold and left in the custody of the CCDC in lieu of a $2,795 surety bond.

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