Monday, December 18, 2017
Public safety

Police: Woman fought officers after arrest for driving drunk with 6-year-old in back seat

ST. PETERSBURG — A 6-year-old girl lay curled in the back seat while her mother drove drunk Tuesday and slammed into the back of a car, according to St. Petersburg police.

When police later tried to give a breath test to the mother, Mikaela Taneak Goodwin, she tried to fight them, scratching an officer's leg as she was taken to the ground, officials said.

Goodwin, 28, of St. Petersburg, was booked Tuesday in the Pinellas County Jail on charges that included child abuse, driving under the influence with property damage and resisting an officer with violence.

It all stemmed from the crash, which happened about 6 p.m. at the intersection of 1st Avenue N and 31st Street, police said. Goodwin was driving a 2002 Toyota 4Runner when she hit the back of another car that had stopped at a red light. Her daughter was not injured.

An arrest reported noted that Goodwin had slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes, and was unsteady on her feet. When officers searched the 4Runner, they found a pouch of marijuana inside her purse, the report said.

Goodwin was later taken to the police department. She became angry as officers prepared to administer a breath test, authorities said. She stood up and an officer tried to force her to sit down.

Goodwin kicked two officers before being forced to the floor, police said. She then grabbed an officer's leg, scratching him before being subdued.

Goodwin was held in jail Wednesday on $10,800 bail.


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