Mother Arrested for Allegedly Driving Drunk with Two Kids in Car
FRESNO – A woman with two toddlers in her car was taken into custody following a police pursuit on Wednesday morning.
Police said that 31-year-old Elizabeth Sally Rillo, of Fresno, was driving a Chevrolet Suburban erratically around 10:45 a.m. in east-central Fresno. An officer attempted to pull her over near Cedar and Dayton avenues.
Rillo stopped at the nearby intersection and the officer pulled up next to her to tell her to pull over. Rillo began yelling at the officer and then drove off through the red light and proceeded eastbound on Clinton Avenue.
Although police initially pursued Rillo, they saw a small child in her lap and stopped the pursuit for safety reasons. A California Highway Patrol helicopter tracked her as she drove through a shopping center onto McKinley Avenue.
Police were able to safely block her car at McKinley and Maple avenues. They discovered Rillo’s 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter in the car.
Rillo was arrested on charges of suspicion of felony child endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs, and evading a police officer. The two children in the car, as well as three other children who were in school at the time, were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.
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