INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Five parents in the Indianapolis area were arrested over a span of a week and a half for driving drunk with children inside their cars, according to police reports. In some cases, worried witnesses frantically dialed 911 to get the attention of police officers.
According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox, four of those parents were arrested in Johnson County.
Johnson County deputies arrested Jessica Baldwin after she allegedly sideswiped a car near State Road 37 and Stones Crossing Road while drinking and driving with her infant in the car. Baldwin stopped at a BP gas station to get a slice of pizza and a drink. Police said customers and workers distracted her while others called 911.
Police arrested Baldwin and sent her to the county jail. Child Protective Services released Baldwin’s infant to the child’s grandmother.
Sheriff Cox said witnesses should always call 911 if they see an impaired driver, but they should not get physically involved.
“Years ago, we would say you can detain a person, but today, I recommend picking up a cell phone and calling the authorities so they can take care of enforcement,“ Cox said.
In an interview, Cox stated he rarely sees cases where someone makes a citizen’s arrest. That is why he encourages others to call 911 immediately.
“We have these sporadically. Usually, there is one every once in a while, but four in a week and a half concerns us,” Cox said.
The fifth parent was arrested in Marion County on Tuesday afternoon after an off-duty IMPD officer noticed a car driving off the road, almost hitting a kid on a bicycle. The car was driving near South Brill Road and East Venoy Street.
That officer said he then saw a 3-year-old stand up in the backseat of the car. A second child was also inside of the car.
The driver was arrested and the kids were released to their mother, according to a police report.