Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office reported that they received a complaint from someone at the HWY 70 Ballpark Tuesday evening regarding a parent at the park who appeared intoxicated at the park and had driven there. Officials said the caller feared the parent would possibly be transporting children and asked for law enforcement.
Deputies reported they responded to the area and said they saw a vehicle crossing over the center line and initiated a traffic stop. Authorities said the vehicle was being driven by Leslie Minyard, (40), of Brownsville and also reported that there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.
Deputies said that Minyard showed signs of intoxication as field sobriety tests were administered and she was placed under arrest. Deputies also reported the driver blew twice the legal limit for driving.
Officials said no children or other passengers were present in the vehicle.
She was charged with Operating a motor vehicle under the influence (aggravated circumstance), Careless driving, and License to be in possession. She was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
"Situations like this are magnified when dealing with areas involving kids," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "This is why we encourage the public to call us if situations like this are present. We'd rather respond to a call that results in a non-incident than for an impaired driver to hurt someone and it not be reported. In this case, a concerned parent made the call and our deputies acted accordingly. Driving under the influence is always a serious matter."