Police: Mother Was High With Daughter In Car


UPDATED: Monday February 27, 2012 10:43 PM

A mother faced child endangering and drug charges on Monday after she was arrested for allegedly driving while high with her 7-year-old daughter in the front seat.

According to police, Danielle Minkos nearly hit two men who were walking down the street, 10TV’s Jason Frazer reported.

Sgt. Ronald Myers said that police thought Minkos, 28, was joking when she nearly hit the men but knew something was wrong when she steered back onto the street and nearly hit a Jeep.

“(The officer) made contact with the two pedestrians, and they said that they had never seen her before,” Myers said.

Police said that Minkos then clipped a Huntington Bank sign on East Main and Hickory streets.

When officers pulled the woman over, the 7-year-old girl was upset.

“She was crying and very upset,” Myers said.

Police arrested Minkos after she lost her balance during a sobriety test. She told officers that she had taken a Xanex pill and two muscle relaxers.

The child’s grandmother took the child home, Frazer reported.

“As a father, it’s quite appalling that someone would put their child at risk in this manner, especially after having their child in the front seat of a car not properly restrained,” Myers said.

Police said that they later found a green pipe with burnt marijuana residue. Police also said that they found 40 prescription drug pills in her possession.

“We’re not sure if they’re prescribed to her or somebody else,” Myers said.

Police said that they were having the pills tested.

Minkos is expected in court in May.

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