EASTLAKE, Ohio — Authorities arrested an Eastlake woman on Saturday afternoon for allegedly being drunk behind the wheel with her children in the car. The woman arrested, 29-year-old Mindy Sotak, was already facing child endangering charges for an alleged drunken incident earlier in May.
According to Eastlake Police Chief Larry Reik, Sotak was taken into custody around noon on Saturday in the Walmart parking lot on Vine Street.
Reik says that Sotak was backing her car out of a parking space when she struck another vehicle. She attempted to drive from the scene, but an Eastlake Police Officer happened to be in the parking lot responding to another incident and reacted to Sotak fleeing.
According to Reik, Sotak ignored numerous commands from the officer for her to stop the vehicle. The arresting officer was able to get Sotak to stop her car just before she pulled onto Vine Street.
Reik says that Sotak appeared intoxicated but refused all field sobriety tests. Her two children, ages three and five, were in the vehicle.
Sotak was arrested and charged with child endangering, OVI, hit skip and failure to comply.
Sotak made bond on Sunday and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:45 a.m.
Her children were released to the care of a family member following her arrest.
On May 1st, Sotak was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangering after police allegedly found her passed out drunk in her home while with her children.
Police were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a CEI employee who heard a child in distress at the home.
Eastlake Police Lt. Michael Maloney said that when officers arrived they found the three-year-old in the backyard of the home with the family’s dog.
According to Maloney, officers discovered that the dog had ripped off the child’s shirt and was biting the child’s pants, in an effort to remove the clothing from the child’s body. Maloney says the dog did not bite the child, only the clothing.
Officers went inside to find the five-year-old in the home and Sotak passed out. Maloney says Sotak was, “highly intoxicated”.
Sotak was arraigned on the first set of child endangering charges on May 15th.