Drunk Midwest City Mom Arrested Picking Up Daughter From School

Thursday, September 15th 2011, 5:16 pm
By: News 9

Deanne Stein, News9.com

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- A Midwest City mother tries to pick up her child from school while under the influence of alcohol.

It was a tip from a Mid-Del school official that lead to the arrest of 49-year-old Diane Marie Martin.

According to police, the tip came from a school official at Country Estates Elementary School, who thought Martin would try to drive her 10-year-old daughter home from school drunk.

Sure enough, police arrived at pickup time, around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, and confronted Martin. She denied she had been drinking.

After noticing a strong odor of alcohol and conducting several field sobriety checks, police arrested Martin for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Unfortunately, Martin's daughter was initially present but taken back inside by school personnel.

"It is saddening for the child whose mom was taken to jail but can you imagine in your mind all the bad consequences that might have played out," said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.

At the police station, Martin was administered a breath test that showed Martin's blood alcohol content was .32%. The legal limit is .08%.

"We firmly believe that the actions of the Mid-Del School employees were vital in preventing what could have been a horrible tragedy, not only for the suspect and her daughter but innocent staff, parents and children at the school or in the nearby area," Clabes said.

Martin was released on a $1,000 bond. Formal charges will be presented to the Oklahoma County District Attorney's office later this week.

The Department of Human Services was contacted and a referral sent to them for an additional follow up. Martin's daughter was released to other relatives at the school.