Troopers arrest two women for child endangerment after being pulled over for driving erratically.
Troopers say the driver and passenger in the car were both drunk and four children, including two infants, were in the car with them. None of the children were properly secured in car seats.
The women were pulled over on I-44 near Yale on Sunday around . Troopers say they saw the vehicle speeding and almost crash into another vehicle.
Troopers say when they pulled the car over the driver, 18-year-old Denise Whitetree, appeared to be drunk. Troopers say they could smell alcohol on Whitetree’s breath and her speech was slurred. She told troopers she had five beers earlier. Troopers found 22-year-old Desiree Whitetree unconscious in the back of the truck. When the troopers woke her up, she was also extremely intoxicated.
The two infants were found in the back seat. They were not secured in their car seats properly and two young children were found sitting in the back storage area of the truck. Desiree Whitetree told troopers three of the children were hers. There were also multiple cans of beer, including one open can, in the truck.
Desiree Whitetree was arrested on four counts of child endangerment and one count of public intoxication. She is being held on more than $100,000 bond. Denise Whitetree was arrested on four counts of child endangerment, one count of aggravated DUI, not having a driver’s license and driving with an open container. She is also being held on more than $100,000 bond.