What started off as a standard check on an erratic operator took what police called a concerning turn over the weekend when an officer discovered the driver of the vehicle was allegedly driving under the influence with three children in the car.
Wilmington Police Lieutenant Joe Desmond said officers received a call from a motorist reporting an erratic operator in the area of Burlington Ave. on Saturday night at about 10:55 p.m.
An officer responded to the area and pulled behind the described vehicle. Desmond said that after a short time driving behind the vehicle, the officer reported that the vehicle was indeed swerving and was pulled over.
“He had a conversation with the operator and could immediately detect an odor of alcohol,” said Desmond. “It was at that time that he noticed there were three children in the vehicle. He ran the driver through a series of sobriety tests and made the decision that she was indeed impaired.”
After the traffic stop, Alicia M. Ramos, 30, of 7 Roosevelt Road, Wilmington, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, child endangerment while operating under the influence, and marked lanes violation.
With Ramos under arrest, a family member came to the scene to pick up the three children.
“I would say the overwhelming majority of OUIs that our officers come across are adults with no minors in the car,” said Desmond. “This was disturbing because it shows an issue of judgment. We don’t want any drivers to endanger the motoring public driving under the influence. To endanger younger people is a major concern.”