LORAIN, Ohio - A mother from Lorain with four prior drunken driving convictions was arrested on OVI charges with her young son in the car last week.
According to Lorain police, 33-year-old Vonda Hunter appeared to be driving at a high rate of speed before stopping at a red light near the intersection of Erie Avenue and Broadway Avenue at about 8 p.m. Friday. The officer said in the report that when the light turned green, Hunter sped off ahead of some other cars and cut off another driver, causing that driver to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting Hunter's car.
The officer then pulled Hunter's car over, walked up to her window and noted in the police report that there was a "strong odor of intoxicating beverage emitting from her person" and that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
After the officer went back to his cruiser and then back to her car, the report said he noticed Hunter had sprayed herself with a "generous amount" of perfume and was smoking a cigarette.
When asked if she had consumed any alcohol, she told the officer "no," according to the report.
The officer then asked her to step out of the car to perform sobriety tests, and she told the officer "not to do this" in front of her 9-year-old son, who was in the passenger seat of her car.
The police report said Hunter eventually admitted to having a "Texas size" margarita at the restaurant Don Tequilas about four hours earlier.
After multiple tests, the report said Hunter was adamant that she did not fail one of the tests and agreed to a portable breath test. Police said she registered a BAC reading of .224, which is more than double the Ohio legal limit of .08.
Hunter was arrested and charged with improper passing, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and endangering children.
Hunter then called a family member to come pick up her son.
She was taken to the Lorain County Jail for processing, where police said she was belligerent toward the officers and urinated on herself – and blamed it on the officers.
The police report said Hunter was convicted of OVI in January 2005, February 2005, February 2009 and April 2012.
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