Report: Drunken woman with two children in car arrested at Chester checkpoint

A South Carolina woman was arrested in Chester County early Friday after deputies say she was intoxicated while she drove on a busy highway with an open can of beer and two children in the car and later lied about storing her driver’s license in the trunk.

Deputies performing a public safety checkpoint on the J.A. Cochran Bypass stopped a white car driven by Jessica Large, 34, of Fairfield County. When Large rolled down her window, a deputy could smell alcohol coming from the car. Her eyes were glassy, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report, and her speech was slurred. Large told the deputy that her driver’s license was in the car’s trunk before she claimed it must be in her purse.

She also had a girl, 7, and boy, 4, in the car with her, the report states.

Large told deputies she drank a beer earlier in the evening and handed officers an open 25-ounce can of Busch Ice beer. She failed a field sobriety test and admitted that she did not have her driver’s license. Deputies arrested Large, charging her with driving under the influence, child endangerment, open container in a motor vehicle and driving without a license.

By Friday afternoon, she was held at the Chester County Detention Center on a $1,997 bond.