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PD: Naugatuck Woman Drove Drunk With Kids in the Car

Police said a 28-year-old resident was found passed out at the wheel while her two children, ages 3 and 4, were in the back seat. She said she thought she was in New Britain.

A Naugatuck woman is facing felony charges after police said she was caught passed out in her car, heavily under the influence of alcohol, while her two children were sitting in the back seat.

Randie Murphy, 28, of 81 Beacon Manor Circle, had to be shaken by the investigating officer when police found her asleep at the wheel on Beacon Wood Court at 5:48 p.m. on Thursday, said Lt. Robert Harrison, Naugatuck police public information officer. The keys were in the ignition and the car was still running, Harrison said.

Initially, police were dispatched to the location — just a short distance from her home — thinking it was medical emergency based on the 911 call, Harrison said. But after awaking Murphy police were the able to determine she was under the influence.

Murphy was slurring her words and had glassy, bloodshot eyes, Harrison said. When asked where she lived, she gave several addresses and had also said that she thought she was in New Britain, Harrison said.

On top of this, police located a bottle of alcohol in Murphy’s car, Harrison said. She later failed a field sobriety test, at which point police placed her under arrest for driving under the influence.

Because she had two children in the back seat — ages 3 and 4 — police also charged her with two counts of felony risk of injury to a minor. Murphy was held overnight at the Naugatuck Police Department on a total bond of $11,500.

She was due to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Friday.

The Department of Children and Families were notified and the children were reportedly taken into their custody, police said.

Michelle Alberto Malone March 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
She has asked for help from the court and they tell her there is no beds out there for her to get help. The state will not help her get help. There are no beds available for her. She has been to a few "rehabs" in the past few weeks where they keep her for 3 days and think she can leave. Her boyfriend/ the father of the children also have a problem. they both need a longer then 3 day program. It is unfrotunate this happened and everyone around is distraught but this is the best thing for her. She can finally get the help she needs. Now the court will see they need to make room for her somewhere... even if it is in another state. Its not jail that she needs... she needs the medical treatment for this disease.
barb March 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
i agree with you michelle, im sure shes a good person, she needs time and help, she has a big life ahead of herself.
Art Dunphy April 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM
As a recovering alcoholic myself, I think everyone needs to sit back and first of all make sure this poor girl gets the help she desperately needs. I'm sure she loves those girls and they love their mom. alcoholism is a deep, dark illness and people only get better with help.....from everyone !
Art Dunphy April 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
well said Michelle
Derek Joseph Petro June 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I see NO common law jurisdictions broken here. She should ask the judge for a solution. NOT accept a punishment. Her kids being taken from her IS punishment enough. I PERSONALLY will be overviewing this case. And so will MANY others due to my interest. By the end of this case, I hope a PROPER solution is attained. Proper meaning,... NO TIME, NO PROBATION, NO LABELS. ONLY HELP.

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