Hope woman pleads not guilty to endangering welfare of children
Rockland — A 30-year-old Hope woman was arrested Sept. 7 and charged for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs while four children were passengers in her sport utility vehicle.
At Danielle Ward's arraignment Sept. 9, bail was set at $1,000 cash. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of violating conditions of release, one count of operating under the influence, one count of driving to endanger, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to a police affidavit filed in Knox County District Court, Ward was driving erratically, weaving on the road, and driving 10 mph under the posted speed limit. She also nearly hit two mailboxes before she was stopped by police on Route 17.
Ward told Rockport Police Officer Mark Kelley she was tending to the children in the backseat, which accounted for her weaving. Police said Ward appeared to be falling asleep during a test to determine her sobriety. The test was not completed because she could not keep her eyes open, said the affidavit.
The children were believed to all be younger than 4-years-old. Ward's mother was called to pick up the children.
Ward's urine test was positive for amphetamine, oxycodone, marijuana, and benzodiazeoines. She told police she was prescribed oxycodone, said court papers.
Ward is expected to appear in court again Thursday, Oct. 17.
Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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