Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

Police: Mother left 8-year-old son in car for hours while she drank at St. Pete bar

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was charged with DUI and child neglect early Monday after police said she left her 8-year-old son alone in her Mercedes for four hours while she drank at Tryst Lounge on Beach Drive NE.

The boy apparently went into the lounge several times during the course of the night to look for his mother, Krastina Yankova Gesheva, 36, police said.

She finally left the lounge about 3 a.m. police said. When she tried to drive away, however, she backed into two cars, police said.

When police arrived, a crowd had gathered and Gesheva was visibly impaired, police said. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.177, more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes impairment. The boy, who was in the back seat, was released to a guardian, police said.

Gesheva was taken to the Pinellas County jail, where she was released Monday afternoon after posting $10,500 bail.

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