MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A woman is facing DUI charges after she was pulled over in Moon Township while she had her 2-year-old daughter in the car with her.
Police say this isn’t the first time this has happened.
But this time, authorities say she was involved in a road rage incident before she was stopped.
Stacy Jo Watters, 40, was behind the wheel of a white Toyota SUV, but according to Moon Township Police Chief Leo McCarthy, she was doing a lot more than driving on University Boulevard before pulling off onto Shafer Road.
“Wednesday, about 7:41, we got a 911 call from a young woman, frantic, said that a woman was chasing behind her, some type of road rage incident, and had banged into her vehicle several times with her vehicle,” said Chief McCarthy.
The victim described the suspect, her vehicle and what she was wearing. Word went out on police radios, and Chief McCarthy says when they found her, she had a little girl with her.
“She had a 2-year-old child in the back seat, in a child safety seat,” said Chief McCarthy. “While questioning her, the officer smelled a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on her breath.”
Watters was given several sobriety tests, which she failed.
Initially, she told police she had not been drinking, but police say then admitted consuming two bottles of whisky that day at home. Police also found an empty bottle of Black Velvet in her back pocket.
Watters, from Imperial, also told police she had taken two Percocet pills the night before.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, but Watters faces numerous charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child.
When police checked her record, they found Watters has a pending DUI from back in February in North Fayette Township. She reportedly had a child in the car with her during that incident, too.
She was released to a family member. Her husband took custody of their 2-year-old daughter who was in the car.