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Mom Arrested for DUI after Driving with Baby on Car Roof

Phoenix Police arrested Catalina Clouser for child abuse and aggravated DUI after she allegedly drove with her baby on the top of her car. The incident occurred on Saturday June 2nd at approximately 1am. According to the report, Clouser was smoking marijuana with her boyfriend and other friends on Friday night. Her 5 week old baby was asleep in a car seat.

Clouser apparently left her friend’s house with her baby, put the baby in his car seat on top of her car, and drove off. Phoenix Police received several call informing them that there was baby in a car seat in the middle of the road. Thankfully, the baby was not injured when his car seat fell off the car.

Clouser realized her baby was missing when she got home.  She and her friends traced her route to the scene where officers found her baby. Clouser was arrested when she arrived.

You can be arrested for DUI in Arizona if police suspect your driving has been impaired by any amount of alcohol or drugs. Clouser was likely charged with aggravated DUI because she is suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs while a child under age 15 was in the car. Aggravated DUI is a felony in Arizona. If convicted, Clouser could face the following mandatory penalties.

  • 10 days in jail (9 of which could be suspended)
  • At least $4,000 in fines and fees
  • Revoked driver’s license
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Drug and alcohol treatment

These are the penalties for DUI with a child under age 15 in the vehicle. The consequences will include a longer jail sentence and higher fines if she is convicted for extreme DUI or super extreme DUI with a child under 15 in the vehicle. Clouser could face additional penalties if she is convicted of child abuse as well.

If you are arrested for DUI, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Arizona DUI attorney as soon as possible to serve as your advocate. If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

Photo credit: Jim Champion from Flickr