Police: Drunk mom arrested driving son to Rock Hill school

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 25, 2013 

— An intoxicated Chester County woman who ignored school zone lights and police sirens said she was speeding to take her son to a Rock Hill school Friday, according to a police report.

Police charged Deborah Lynne Arnett, 52, of Edgemoor, with failure to stop for a blue light, driving under the influence and child endangerment, Rock Hill Police documents say. By Monday morning, she was held at the York County Detention Center on a $12,500 bond.

Around 7:30 a.m., a police officer performing radar noticed Arnett speeding in her blue Nissan Quest minivan on Oakdale Road, the report states. Despite flashing school zone lights, Arnett drove 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Officers followed Arnett, activating patrol car lights and sirens, but she didn’t stop, the report states. Instead, she turned onto Saluda Road heading west. The officer deactivated his blue lights and sirens because of weather conditions but continued to follow Arnett when she turned onto Strait Road, where she stopped in the driveway of a house.

Arnett told police she was trying to get her son to school. Police found beer and a bottle of mouthwash in Arnett’s car, and noticed that her speech was slurred and she smelled of alcohol.

Police arrested Arnett after she failed several field sobriety tests, the report states. Officers spoke with the boy’s father, who gave police permission to take his son to school. Arnett refused to take a breath test at jail before admitting that she had “too much last night” and had nothing to eat.

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