California is a state that takes DUI charges very seriously. They have enhancements that can make a DUI conviction more severe. These enhancements generally mean more jail time, more probation time, and higher fines and fees. One of these enhancements can be DUI with a minor under 14 in the vehicle. While prosecutors could charge just the enhancement, they often charge child cruelty along with the DUI charge. Whether they charge a person with both or not, child protective services are often called, and they will complete an investigation. Of course, the driver still has to contend with the DUI and other charges as well.
KGET reports that a woman was arrested on DUI and child cruelty charges after being discovered passed out with a child in the back seat.
The incident occurred last Thursday at around 2:30 p.m. The California Highway Patrol was called to the parking lot of a Fastrip where they discovered a woman passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle. The engine was running and there was a nearly empty bottle of alcohol in the car.
CHP also discovered a child sleeping in the back seat.
After police woke her up, 33-year-old Brandy Nicole Naff refused all blood-alcohol tests and was arrested. However, troopers stated that her eyes were red, and watering and she was slurring her words.
A video shows her pulling into the parking lot and striking a concrete barrier.
The child was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services. Naff is facing charges of DUI and willful child cruelty. A check of records show that Naff has a history of DUI. She pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2004, pleaded no contest in 2014 to a wet reckless charge, and has another DUI charge from last year pending against her.