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May 1, 2013

Mother charged with OUI

Baby's foster mom was in car, also drunk, police say

AMESBURY – A Worcester woman accused of driving drunk with a 15-month-old girl strapped in a car seat is due back in court Friday to answer for child endangerment and drunken driving charges filed after her arrest Monday on Interstate 495. The baby’s foster mother, according to police, was in the front passenger seat, drunk as well.

Vickie Dills, 45, 6 Columbine Road, Worcester, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .137 around midnight Monday when she almost struck a police officer conducting a traffic stop near the Route 110 Dunkin’ Donuts.

According to the report of officer David Noyes, Dills’ Nissan SUV came within a few inches of striking him and the car he had pulled over minutes earlier. By the time Noyes caught up with Dills, she had merged onto I-495 south.

After pulling her over near Route 150, Noyes saw a baby in the back seat. He detected a strong odor of alcohol from the vehicle and determined that Dills had red, glassy eyes and slurred her speech.

When asked if she had been drinking, Dills told Noyes that she hadn’t, but her friend, the 15-month-old’s foster mother, had been. Her passenger denied the claim.

Noyes ordered Dills to get out of the car and asked if she would submit to a field sobriety test and blow into a portable blood alcohol device. Dills blew a .137 blood alcohol level, well above the state limit of .08, and failed field sobriety tests.

After some hesitation, Dills’ passenger, a 46-year-old North Oxford resident, agreed to a blood alcohol test and blew a .131. Dills was placed in handcuffs and brought to the Amesbury Police Department.

At the station, Dills took another blood alcohol test and blew a .12. Police transported the passenger and her foster daughter to the station. According to police, a call was made to Department of Children and Families to report the incident before the foster mother was reunited with the baby.

Dills is due back in court Friday for a pretrial hearing after Judge Peter Doyle allowed her to leave on her own personal recognizance. No charges were filed against the baby’s foster mother, according to court records.

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