DUI suspect had child in car

CORTLAND – A 20-year-old woman accused of driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Central District Court.

Sarah M. Latimer, 20, of Niles Cortland Road N.E., Cortland, is facing several charges, including child endangering, underage drinking, operating a vehicle while impaired and not having a proper child restraint.

Police were called to Patriot Motors on McCleary Jacoby Road around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports that there was a possible intoxicated driver, later identified as Latimer, with a small child in the vehicle, according to a Bazetta police report.

Police told the caller to remove the keys from the vehicle to prevent the woman from driving.

A witness told police that a few minutes earlier, he was driving north on state Route 5 when Latimer’s vehicle nearly smashed into the rear of his vehicle numerous times and ran off the road once, the police report states.

The witness told police that Latimer’s vehicle attempted to turn around in the parking lot at Patriot Motors before stopping at the edge of the road. He said he followed the vehicle, confronted Latimer, placed her vehicle in park and removed the keys, “fearing for the child’s safety,” according to the report.

Police said when they approached Latimer’s car, her speech was lethargic. They said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, and saw the 2-year-old girl in the rear passenger’s seat in a booster.

Police reported that Latimer was unable to successfully complete field sobriety tests and her breath test registered at 0.27, more than three times the legal impaired driving limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol content.

Latimer was issued a summons and citation. The matter was reported to the Trumbull County Children Services Board, police said.