June 25, 2018
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Rockport police say woman was driving drugged with four children in vehicle

Courtesy of Knox County Jail
Courtesy of Knox County Jail
Danielle Ward
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Police say a Hope woman was under the influence of multiple drugs Saturday when she was stopped with four young children in her vehicle.

Danielle R. Ward, 30, was arrested Saturday night about 10 p.m. by Rockport police and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, operating under the influence and driving to endanger.

According to the affidavit filed by police, the county public safety communications center received a report of an erratic vehicle. An officer who located the suspected vehicle saw the sports utility vehicle cross both the yellow center line and the white sideline on Route 90 and nearly hit two mailboxes, according to the police report.

The officer pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the driver. There were four children under 4-years-old inside. Ward told officers that she had not been drinking and was not impaired but had been weaving because she was watching the children.

The officer determined from field sobriety tests that she was under the influence. Officers waited for a relative to pick up the children, and Ward was then taken to Knox County Jail where she was given a urine test which indicated she had amphetamines and oxycodone in her system, according to the affidavit.

Ward made her initial appearance Monday in Rockland District Court. Judge John Kennedy agreed to set bail at $1,000 cash.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau told the judge that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was notified of the arrest.

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