Pregnant Oklahoma City woman arrested on DUI complaint
A pregnant Oklahoma City woman arrested last week on complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment told The Oklahoman she has a high-risk pregnancy and regrets drinking three beers before getting behind the wheel.
Melissa Dawn Boyer, 29, was arrested after someone called 911 about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and reported a vehicle swerving in the 9300 block of S Santa Fe Avenue.
Another driver called police and followed the swerving vehicle until it stopped because of a flat tire, police said.
Officers arrived and met with Boyer, who had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet, according to the police report.
‘Mommy is sleepy'
She told officers she was five months pregnant and experiencing back pains. Police said Boyer also had her 5-year-old daughter in the vehicle with her at the time. The girl told officers at the scene, “I think my mommy is sleepy,” police said.
Boyer said in a phone interview Monday she had just dropped her husband off at a mechanic's shop to pick up his vehicle and was on her way home when she got lost and noticed the vehicle had a flat tire.
She said she has a high-risk pregnancy and felt sick earlier in the day. Boyer said she felt like she was going to have a seizure and kept fighting it.
“I don't know what happened that night,” she said. “My sugar levels had been off.”
Boyer said an officer shined a light in her eye when she got out of the vehicle, and she felt like she was having some type of medical episode.
Boyer was taken to a hospital for medical clearance. According to the report, Boyer told officers she was taking Xanax, Soma and drank three dark beers earlier Thursday. She said Monday she's also taking Percocet for back problems that developed 10 years ago after a vehicle accident.
Boyer said she went to pick up dinner for her family about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and drank three beers at a restaurant while the food was being prepared. She said she was told a couple of dark beers can alleviate swelling brought on by pregnancy.
“I know with the medication, we're not supposed to mix the two,” she said. “I should have never got behind the wheel to drive. I never should have done that.”
Boyer was booked into the Oklahoma County jail after the hospital visit and released Saturday, records show.
Police said she has had two prior arrests on driving under the influence complaints. The most recent arrest was in February 2009 in Oklahoma City. Court records show she pleaded guilty in that case. Boyer said she was also arrested when she 17 for drunken driving.
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