A Cumberland woman was allegedly driving while intoxicated with a mixed drink in a cup and an eight-year-old child in the front seat, last Tuesday evening, according to a Whitley County Sheriff’s Department release.
On Nov. 7 about 7 p.m., Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a report about a possible wreck along I-75 near the eight-mile marker in the northbound lane.
Saunders located a Chevy Cobalt alongside the interstate with a damaged passenger side and a front right wheel rim in contact with the pavement.
The driver, Crystal Miller, 38, allegedly told Saunders that the car had overheated, but he could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverages about the vehicle and spotted a bottle of vodka in plain view, according to the release.
Although she was on the shoulder of the northbound lane, Miller told Saunders that she was returning from Indiana.
In the front passenger seat of the vehicle was Miller’s eight-year-old child. In the rear passenger area was an adult male, who was identified as Terry Sibrava, 44, of Cumberland.
Miller was reportedly unable to complete field sobriety tests and the results of a blood test are pending, according to her arrest citation.
“During the investigation, Deputy Saunders located a mixed drink in a cup and three bottles of liquor. Miller eventually admitted to colliding with the rear of a tractor trailer,” according to the release.
“Deputy Saunders also located what’s believed to be marijuana in the door compartment where Sibrava was seated.”
According to her arrest citation, Miller also admitted to drinking an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle.
Saunders charged Miller with first-degree wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.
The operating a motor vehicle while under the influence charge includes an aggravating factor, which was having a child under 12 years of age in the vehicle, according to the release.
Saunders charged Sibrava with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of marijuana, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
The child was released to the care of a family member, and did not sustain any physical injuries during the collision, according to the release.
Miller pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Thursday afternoon. She was released from jail shortly before 7 p.m. Friday on a $7,500 surety or signature bond.
According to court records, Miller didn’t show up for court for her preliminary hearing Monday morning in Whitley District Court.
Judge Cathy Prewitt issued a bench warrant for her arrest and set a $7,500 cash bond in her case.
Sibrava pleaded guilty to all four charges during his arraignment Thursday.
Judge Fred White sentenced him to a 12-month jail sentence. All but the first seven days of that sentence was probated for two years.
White also fined Sibrava $275 and ordered him to pay $143 court costs.
Deputy Brian Hensley assisted at the scene.