Quantcast

Police: Memphis woman earns DUI for endangering fetus - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Police: Memphis woman earns DUI for endangering fetus

Maria Guerra Maria Guerra
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis woman has been charged with DUI and child endangerment even though she did not have a child in the car with her, and her blood alcohol level was under the legal limit.

Maria Guerra was driving in a car by herself when she crashed on I-240 Sunday morning, just south of Walnut Grove. Her blood alcohol content was only half the legal limit, yet, she is charged with DUI-child endangerment with a child under 18 because she told an officer she is four months pregnant.

Memphis police say Guerra smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet, and had bloodshot eyes.

Tennessee Code 39-13-214 recognizes a "Viable Fetus as a Victim". The state will "…include a viable fetus of a human being, when any such terms refers to the victim of any act made criminal…"

In Tennessee, a viable fetus is a minimum of 24 weeks old. That is 5.5 months. Guerra told an officer she is four months pregnant.

Though her blood alcohol level was .045, just more than half of the legal limit, police say the DUI charge is at the officer's discretion.

Dell Russell of Mothers Against Drunk Driving knows the dangers.

"Once you start drinking, you make bad decisions. That was obviously a horrible decision," said Dell Russell, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Her husband died on his lawn when a drunk driver veered off the road. Russell says the mother-to-be took reckless to the next level.

"If you're going to drink while you're pregnant, that's horrible," said Russell. "That not only endangers you and your unborn child, but you and the innocent people on the street."

In addition to the DUI-child endangerment charge, Guerra is also charged with not having a driver's license, reckless driving, and public intoxication.

She is behind bars on a $5,000 bond. Guerra is due back in court January 9.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • NEWS LocalNEWSMore>>

  • Phone call tip leads to four arrests in Charleston

    Phone call tip leads to four arrests in Charleston

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:36:45 GMT
    Charleston police officers are crediting a concerned citizen for four arrests on Tuesday morning.A department spokesperson said they received a tip about several men with handguns along Norman Street at around 1am.After a responding officer tried to pull over a vehicle with several males inside, the men fled on foot. Four of the men were arrested, while two were able to elude police. Two handguns were located inside the vehicle.Lamar Scott Brisbane, 20, Dontez Alonzo Wright, 25, Aldean Cordre...More >>
    Charleston police officers are crediting a concerned citizen for four arrests on Tuesday morning.A department spokesperson said they received a tip about several men with handguns along Norman Street at around 1am.After a responding officer tried to pull over a vehicle with several males inside, the men fled on foot. Four of the men were arrested, while two were able to elude police. Two handguns were located inside the vehicle.Lamar Scott Brisbane, 20, Dontez Alonzo Wright, 25, Aldean Cordre...More >>
  • US Marshals: Fugitive fatally wounded in St. George was Conn. murder suspect

    US Marshals: Fugitive fatally wounded in St. George was Conn. murder suspect

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:58:52 GMT
    Charleston County Sheriff's officials say a man wanted for murder died at the hospital after SLED agents shot him when he showed a weapon during a foot chase outside a St. George motel on Tuesday.More >>
    Charleston County Sheriff's officials say a man wanted for murder died at the hospital after SLED agents shot him when he showed a weapon during a foot chase outside a St. George motel on Tuesday.More >>
  • Berkeley County School Board bans parent coaches

    Berkeley County School Board bans parent coaches

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:33:28 GMT
    The Berkeley County School Board voted unanimously to ban parent coaches Tuesday evening. It took less than 10 seconds for the board to approve the ban that keeps volunteer parents from coaching their children at both the varsity and junior-varsity levels.
    More >>
    The Berkeley County School Board voted unanimously to ban parent coaches Tuesday evening. It took less than 10 seconds for the board to approve the ban that keeps volunteer parents from coaching their children at both the varsity and junior-varsity levels.



    More >>
Powered by WorldNow