Fort Lauderdale, FL- A South Florida mother and teacher racked up some significant charges and garnered a fair amount of media attention after being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol with her young child in her vehicle.

On March 5, motorists notified police that an SUV was driving erratically and was traveling down 1-95 with a blown-out front tire. Police eventually located the vehicle parked in an emergency lane of the interstate with a missing front tire and a badly damaged tire rim.

According to the Sun Sentinel, when police approached the SUV, it was running, and the woman behind the wheel said: “she was trying to get home.” Police told the paper the woman, identified as 43-year-old Colleen Loughman, smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring her words. What’s worse, her minor child was asleep in the backseat.

Loughman performed poorly on field sobriety tests which were captured on dash cam and was belligerent when she was placed under arrest. Police released Loughman’s child into the custody of her husband as she was taken off to jail.

Loughman told FHP officers she drank two beers and took three Xanax and a Zoloft before she got into her vehicle. She has been charged with DUI and child abuse, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Driving under the influence, whether drugs or alcohol were involved, has significant legal consequences, carrying jail terms between 6 months and nine months and fines up to $2,000. But the penalties for a routine DUI are nothing compared to the consequences of driving drunk with a minor child in your vehicle, which can result in felony DUI charges.

If you were charged with driving drunk with a minor under the age of 18 in the state of Florida, you face up to 9 months in jail, fines ranging between $1,000 to $2,000 and a six-month requirement to have an ignition interlock device put in your car.  Making matters worse is the fact that a felony DUI conviction goes on your criminal record and can only be removed if you go through the expungement process.

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