Repeat DUI Mom Arrested with Son in Car
LORAIN, Ohio — A local mother was hauled off to jail after she was arrested for drunk driving with her 9-year-old child in the car, and police say it is not her first time being drunk behind the wheel.
Vonda Hunter, 33, is out of jail on bond after she was arrested Friday night. Police say she has been convicted of DUI four times before.
Lorain police charged Hunter with DUI, improper passing and child endangering.
They say just before 8:00 p.m. Friday, an officer noticed the car she was driving, speeding and cutting off other vehicles, and pulled her over near East Erie and Colorado avenues.
“I think that nobody should be drinking and driving and they should be buckling down on it because it’s just not right. You’re gonna kill somebody, you’re gonna hurt somebody, you’re gonna cause an accident and even kill yourself,” said Tammy Schigel.
Even more disturbing, police say Hunter’s 9-year-old son was in the car too.
“It’s a terrible situation. Obviously, her addiction has gotten her very far and it’s sad to put your kids in that situation and especially everybody else on the road, but especially to have your child in the back seat,” said Chantel Rumack.
According to the police report, Hunter originally denied drinking any alcohol, then admitted she had a large margarita at a local restaurant.
The report states that she started spraying herself with perfume and smoking a cigarette to hide the alcohol odor. It also states she originally refused to perform field sobriety tests. According to the police report, when Vonda Hunter eventually did take a breathalyzer, she registered .24, that’s three times the legal limit.
Vonda Hunter was arrested and a relative was called to pick up her son.
“I think they should definitely take her license for indefinite, for endangering that child’s life cause it could’ve been a lot worse, could’ve ran some people over, she could’ve killed herself and her child,” said Cash Johnson.
I think somebody should lose their child, if you’re driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, anything, you should lose your child,” Rumack said.
“There are programs in Lorain County that can help people that are struggling with dependencies or situations that they might not be able to control. They just need to get the information, you know, because they might not be bad people, they might just find themselves in situations,” said Amy Gilbert, a local minister.
Vonda Hunter’s most recent drunk driving conviction was in April 2012. She had two in 2005 and another in 2009.
No one answered the door when Fox 8 stopped by her home.