Video: DUI suspect curses at cops after wreaking havoc on road with kids in car

After failing a field sobriety test, she was arrested and yelled "f*** you, bald head"


By PoliceOne Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police released video Friday of an April 5 arrest of a drunken woman who led police on a pursuit with her two young children in the car.

Police received a call of a potential drunk driver in a black SUV and attempted to pull over the driver, KRQE reported. The driver fled, and officers stopped pursuing the car after it merged onto a highway. 

Dispatchers received calls of the SUV hitting other vehicles on the interstate, crashing into the median, and striking parked cars in a neighborhood. When police caught up with the vehicle, Shirlena Charley, 23, and her two children, ages 4 and 5, were outside it. The children were unharmed.

Charley initially said someone else was driving and they fled the scene, but told a different officer she was the driver and had drinks before getting behind the wheel, according to the report. 

After failing a field sobriety test, she was arrested and yelled “f*** you, bald head,” to one officer. 

During booking, Charley was told her already suspended license was being revoked. When told she shouldn’t be driving, she responded, “I don’t give a s***, I know that.”

She was booked on two felony counts of child abuse.

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