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St. Petersburg mom, kids in tow, accused of drunken rampage starting at Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — It started with a box of wine.

Police said 37-year-old Christine M. King was drinking at home Wednesday night when she decided to take her daughters, 5 and 12, and their 11-year-old friend to the Pier.

She drained the box and loaded the kids into a 1997 Dodge Caravan minivan. When they got to the Pier, police said, King bought two Mike's Hard Lemonades and a pack of cigarettes.

Then things got weird.

At some point, the 11-year-old friend told police she saw King urinate off the side of the Pier, police said.

King and the kids got back into the van and she drove to Second Avenue NE and Beach Drive. Police said she got annoyed with her two kids, stopped the vehicle and smacked the 11-year-old friend in the face and cursed at her.

The three children jumped out. Two men told police they saw King driving recklessly before she got out of the minivan and they tried to calm King. It didn't work.

King, who has used the alias Christine Corbitt, concluded that they wanted to have sex with her and pulled off her top, baring her breasts, police said.

The men called 911.

Police arrived and tried to talk to a very belligerent King, they said. At one point, she flicked a cigarette at an officer, police said. After she was arrested, she dropped her pants. "You're going to search me, aren't you?" she said.

King refused to take a Breathalyzer or any physical tests at the police station, police said. Eventually, she was put into a police cruiser, at which point she kicked an officer in the abdomen, police said.

King was arrested on charges of public intoxication, driving under the influence, battery on a police officer and three counts of child abuse. Her bail was set at $40,850.

King was convicted of DUI in 1995 and 1998, according to police.

She has previous arrests involving marijuana, cocaine and burglary.

St. Petersburg mom, kids in tow, accused of drunken rampage starting at Pier 06/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:58pm]
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