Buckeye Police: Woman had 0.165% BAC as she drove kids around to trick-or-treat

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Officials with the Buckeye Police Department said a 41-year-old woman has been booked into jail for allegedly driving a car, while drunk, with six minors inside during Halloween night.

According to a statement, Veronica Lee King has been booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on five counts of Aggravated DUI, which is a Class 5 Felony, and a misdemeanor count of having an open alcohol container. Police officials say police volunteers who were taking part in a police operation found an SUV in a ditch near Miller and Baseline Roads, at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. King was identified as the SUV's driver.

Police, according to the statement, noticed that King was showing a number of signs of impairment, including, among other things, slurred speech and having a moderate odor of alcohol. Preliminary breath tests showed King, at the time, had a BAC of 0.165%, which is more than twice the legal limit. In addition, police found an open fifth of whiskey in King's clutch purse.

Of the six minors inside the SUV, Buckeye Police officials said five of them are under 10 years old. DCS has been notified of the incident by Buckeye Police.