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9/5/2013 6:01:00 AM
Woman driving kids arrested on suspicion of DUI-drugs
Kelly Carpenter
Kelly Carpenter
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A Prescott Valley woman was charged with three counts of aggravated DUI for allegedly driving with her young son and two nieces while under the influence of narcotics.

At about 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Prescott police were dispatched regarding several reports about a car swerving on the road. Police stopped a white Ford Tempo in the 300 block of N. Mt. Vernon Avenue.

The driver, Kelly Carpenter, 31, of Prescott Valley told officers she was driving to Sonic to pick up her husband. Carpenter's 3-year-old son and 3-year-old and 6-year-old nieces were in the back seat of the car.

According to the police report, Carpenter's eyes were red and watery. Her speech was slow, mumbled and slurred. Police said that Carpenter nodded off several times during their interview. Several bottles of prescription medication were in Carpenter's open purse on the passenger's seat, police said.

Police arrested Carpenter and booked her into the Yavapai County jail. A family member took custody of the three children.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Jen ....

And, she's lucky she was stopped by police before she injured or killed the children (or somebody elses)!

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Selective Journalism

Again and again, this is the stuff that is used to make up a "crap sandwich". With the exception of providing some Nathaniel Hawthorne wanna be inspiration for a future story that will never be about choir practice, running a photo before someone has even been indicted is the stuff of daytime television.

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Happy in PV

I think the "lucky" ones were the children that were removed from a dangerous situation without harm.
Many thanks to those that reported an impared driver on the road.

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Dick Marley

I hope she stays awake long enough to realize what she has done. She certainly needs to be taught a lesson here. Thank You to the officer that took her off the street and saved, above all, the children that were in the car with her.

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Lovely, just lovely...

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Jerimiah D.

She was lucky the police officer let a family member take custody of the children.

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