Metro
    Next Score View the next score

    R.I. woman charged with drunken driving after van with 5 children slams into truck

    A Woonsocket, R.I., woman allegedly had a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit Wednesday when she backed her van carrying five young children into a police truck in Lincoln, R.I., authorities said.

    Rhode Island State Police identified the driver as Leah Beatriz Duran, 41, who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel at Lincoln Woods State Park around 3:15 p.m. Five children ranging in age from 7 months to 10 years old were in her minivan at the time, State Police said.

    Authorities were alerted by a member of the beach staff who noticed Beatriz “was possibly intoxicated” and “preparing to leave the park in a minivan” with the children, troopers said in a statement.

    Advertisement

    “When officers from the Department of Environmental Management confronted the driver, she allegedly backed into one of the officers’ trucks in an attempt to flee,” the release said. “No one was injured. Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks arrested Ms. Duran for allegedly driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit. Breathalyzer tests showed her blood alcohol content was allegedly .279 and .277 in successive tests. The legal limit in Rhode Island is .08 percent.”

    Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
    Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    Duran faces charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor or drugs, first offense, with BAC of 0.15 or greater with a child under the age of 13, and driving with a suspended, revoked, or canceled license, the statement said.

    She also received citations for infractions including driving without evidence of insurance and failing to maintain reasonable and prudent speeds, according to the release.

    Troopers said Duran was booked and later released pending a court appearance slated for July 24 in the Third Division District Court.

    The children were released to relatives, and state child welfare officials were notified of the incident, authorities said.

    Advertisement

    It wasn’t immediately clear whether Duran had hired a lawyer.

    Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.