Hearing Set for Woman Caught Driving Drunk with Kids in Car

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney woman is facing a hearing today on DUI and child endangerment charges from a traffic stop that occurred earlier this year.

Court documents indicate 33-year-old Christine M. Gromley is scheduled to stand for a hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, on the following charges:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– DUI: General Impairment/Incapable of Driving Safely – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Highest Rate of Alcohol (BAC .16+) 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Operator Vehicle Without Required Financial Responsibility, Summary
– Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Summary (two counts)
– Careless Driving, Summary

The charges stem from a traffic stop in Punxsutawney Borough.

According to a criminal complaint, around 12:40 a.m. on January 12, Trooper Malloy, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, observed a silver Dodge Caliber on State Route 119 in Punxsutawney driving onto the oncoming traffic’s lane.

Trooper Malloy then initiated a traffic stop on Mitchell Avenue.

According to the complaint, while speaking to the driver of the vehicle, identified as Christine M. Gromley, Trooper Malloy smelled an odor of alcohol on her person and observed she had slightly slurred speech. When questioned, Gromley reportedly stated that she had recently consumed an alcoholic beverage at a family’s residence.

Gromley was then asked to step out of her vehicle and perform standardized field sobriety tests. She was subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for a legal blood draw.

Two of Gromley’s juvenile children were in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Arrangements were made for someone to pick them up, the complaint states.

A lab report from Gromley’s blood draw showed her Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was 0.182 percent, according to the complaint.

The charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on Friday, February 14.

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