Racine woman charged with driving drunk with kids in car

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RACINE — Racine police have charged 35-year-old Angelita Avila with one count of operating while intoxicated (first offense), one count of intoxicated use of a vehicle – great bodily harm, one count of first degree reckless injury, one count of first degree reckless endangerment, and one count of disorderly conduct after Avila allegedly drove drunk and crashed into a home in the 1300 block of Marquette Place. Avila had two of her children in the vehicle with her at the time.

When interviewed by police, Avila was confused about who was in the vehicle with her, initially saying her two daughters were with her, and then saying she was alone. Avila told police she was picking up her children from their father’s home.

In the criminal complaint, police say Avila became upset while speaking with officers at the scene and began yelling and cursing at officers. Officers had to intervene and place Avila in handcuffs, and say she continued yelling and swearing and threatening the officers who were attempting to detain her.

The complaint states at the hospital Avila became even more uncooperative and had to be physically dragged inside, during which time she was screaming obscenities. Two officers and six members of the St. Mary’s Medical Center security staff had to restrain Avila during her blood draw.

Officers interviewed Avila’s daughter, who said she initially refused to get in the vehicle with her mother because she knew she was drunk, but Avila was angry, and threatened to smash her daughter’s cell phone. Eventually, both girls got into the vehicle and the girl told police as her mother was driving, the car started to shake and her mother lost control and threw up her hands and let go of the wheel. That’s when the vehicle began going through yards, fences and porches.

One of Avila’s daughters suffered a broken wrist as a result of this incident. That daughter told police last June, her mother’s boyfriend had broken up with her, and she began drinking a lot of alcohol at that time.

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