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Suspected motorcycle vandalism leads to DUI, endangerment charges for miffed mom

Prescott police arrested a woman this past Sunday on charges including aggravated DUI after she struggled to get out of the driver's seat after a traffic stop and an officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.

An officer booked Melissa Rose Carlson into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of aggravated DUI to the slightest, aggravated DUI over 0.08, aggravated DUI with a child under 15 years of age, and endangerment.

At 9:32 a.m., an officer answered a call about a woman who had just left the 1100 block of Stetson Road in a gold Honda after vandalizing a motorcycle.

When the officer arrived, he found a woman matching the description driving away and stopped her, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

While the officer was speaking to Carlson, he noticed a small child in a carseat in the back seat of the car, Reinhardt said.

When the officer asked Carlson if she had been drinking alcohol, she told him she last drank the night before.

Carlson told the officer that she had waited for her son's father to meet her in front of the Prescott Police Department because it was his day to spend with the baby, but he never showed up, Reinhardt said.

Carlson told the officer she drove to her son's father's home and repeatedly rang the doorbell but no one answered, Reinhardt said. She told the officer that she did not vandalize a motorcycle.

The officer spoke with the boy's father and asked him to take his son from the car. The officer then asked Carlson to perform field sobriety tests, which indicated she was impaired and arrested her.

Back at the police station, Carlson blew a 0.117 breath alcohol concentration, according to the police report.


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