Woman Charged With DUI After Accident, Police Find 2-Year-Old In Back Seat

Kristol Zimmerman

Kristol L. Zimmerman, 37, of Felton, Del., was arrested Sunday for driving under the influence of alcohol and endangering the welfare of a child after police responded to a collision, which she caused, on the Coastal Highway Rehoboth-Lewes Canal Bridge.

Rehoboth Beach – On Sunday July 9, 2017 at around 7:15 pm, Rehoboth Beach Police were called to the northbound lanes of the Coastal Highway Rehoboth-Lewes Canal Bridge for a report of a property damage collision, according to Public Information Officer Lt. Jaime B. Riddle.

Riddle said upon arrival, the investigating officer contacted Zimmerman and observed that she was allegedly showing signs of intoxication. During the course of the on-scene investigation, Zimmerman was administered standardized field sobriety test during which she showed additional signs of intoxication ultimately leading to her arrest, according to Riddle.

Zimmerman had been operating a 2000 silver Nissan Maxima in the left lane of Coastal Highway north bound when the vehicle in front of her, a 1996 Toyota Corolla, stopped, according to Riddle.  It was determined that Zimmerman was following the vehicle too closely resulting in a rear-end collision. No one was injured during the collsion; however, the investigation revealed that Zimmeran had her 2-year-old son in the rear passenger seat of her vehicle. It was further determined that her son, while in a car seat, was not properly secured, added Riddle.

Zimmerman was arrested and charged with 1 count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, 1 count of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and 1 count of following a motor vehicle too closely.

Zimmerman was released on $1001.00 unsecured bail.

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