In a bizarre and shocking story out of Michigan, police officers in Hamburg Township arrested a local couple for alcohol-related charges. The wife who allegedly drove while intoxicated with her children in the car was arrested first, and the father was arrested a short while later for driving drunk to come pick up the children.
The wife, Siobhan Theresa Egnot, is scheduled to appear in Livingston County District court this week. Egnot has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond, and is facing charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with occupants under the age of 16. The husband has not yet been charged.
Hamburg Township Police Chief Rick Duffany explained that the incident started close to 3 pm on January 29 when the department received a call about a 2016 Ford Explorer that had run off the road and ended up in the front yard of a home in the Bass Ridge Road area.
According to the police report, responding officers believed Egnot was intoxicated, so they administered field sobriety tests, which she clearly failed.
Egnot then called her husband to come pick up the couple’s two children, a 5-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, who had been riding in the back of the Explorer. However, when the 39-year-old husband made it down to the police station, the officers observed that the husband, who had driven himself to the police station, also appeared intoxicated, according to Duffany.
However, Duffany would not comment the results of the initial breath tests on the couple as the investigation was still ongoing.
Of note, the police called Michigan Child Protective Services after both parents were arrested. MCPS then took temporary custody of the children, who were later remanded into the custody of their maternal grandmother.
It is likely that the children will be returned to their parents at some point after the legal situation is resolved.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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