Woman admits driving drunk with unrestrained kids in car

2014-08-18T11:39:00Z 2014-08-18T22:19:09Z Woman admits driving drunk with unrestrained kids in carBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 24-year-old woman appeared in court Monday and admitted to driving drunk without a valid license while her two children, ages 4 and 6, were unrestrained in the car with her.

Shante Rae Leyva pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child endangerment, two misdemeanor charges for failing to have her children in a car seat and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

Billings Police arrested Leyva on May 3 after a caller reported a black passenger car was driving erratically on North 27th Street, court records say.

When the officer made contact with Leyva there was "an odor of alcohol coming from her breath," and she admitted to drinking alcohol, charging documents say.

The officer then noticed that there were two young children in the car who were not in car seats and not wearing seat belts.

The officer arrested Leyva and took her to the county jail. A test showed she had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.168 percent, more than double the legal driving limit.

Leyva is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 3.

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