58-year-old arrested for DUI, child endangerment after driving in front of school


PETALUMA (KRON) — A 58-year-old woman was arrested for DUI and child endangerment after driving onto the curb in front of an elementary school in Petaluma.

On Tuesday at 3:33 p.m. Petaluma Police Department received a call from faculty at La Tercera Elementary School reporting that an employee of the school had just witnessed a vehicle driving dangerously in front of the school.

A blue Honda Accord driven by a white female in her 50’s drove up onto the curb in front of the school, then backed up and stopped in the middle of the roadway.

As the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the road, school staff was able to contact the driver, later identified as 58-year-old Lee Matthias from Petaluma.

School staff spoke with Matthias and told investigating officers that she appeared to be intoxicated and had very slurred speech.

School staff also noticed there was a small child in the backseat of the vehicle, who was later learned to be Matthias’ 3-year-old nephew.

It was believed that Matthias was at the school to pick up another family member but she then drove away from the school.

Officers contacted Matthias within moments at her home, located on the east-side of Petaluma.

Matthias was asked by officers if she thought she was intoxicated when she drove to the school with her nephew in the car and she said, “probably”.

Officers attempted to have Matthias perform field sobriety tests, however, due to her level of impairment, she was not safely able to perform the tests.

Matthias submitted to a preliminary breath test. The test showed Matthias’ blood alcohol level to be .293 BAC, nearly 4 times the legal limit to drive in the state of California.

Family members took custody of Matthias’ 3-year-old nephew.

Matthias submitted to an evidentiary blood test, was transported to the Sonoma County Jail and booked in on charges of DUI and child endangerment. Matthias’ bail was set at $30,000.

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