Crime

Woman arrested for alleged drunk driving while carrying a child on her lap

Raquel Gonzalez, 27, was arrested after a pursuit by a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. She was charged with child endangerment, evading police and driving under the influence.
Raquel Gonzalez, 27, was arrested after a pursuit by a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. She was charged with child endangerment, evading police and driving under the influence.

A woman is in jail after she fled from deputies while allegedly drunk and holding a baby on her lap, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said a deputy attempted to pull Raquel Gonzalez over near the Highway 180/99 interchange around 2 a.m. Saturday, but Gonzalez instead continued driving east on 180 at a high speed. Gonzalez exited at Chestnut Avenue and drove to her home on Thomas Avenue just south of the freeway.

That’s where she was contacted by a deputy as she stepped out of her car. Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said in a release that Gonzalez, 27, was carrying her 3-year-old niece on her lap during the pursuit. The deputy did not find a car seat. Child Protective Services took immediate hold of the child.

A California Highway Patrol officer gave Gonzalez a sobriety test, which she failed, the sheriff’s office said. She was booked into Fresno County Jail and charged with felony child endangerment, evading police and a misdemeanor of driving under the influence.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado is a general assignment reporter at The Fresno Bee. He studies journalism at California State University, Fresno, where he once served as editor of the student newspaper. Before that, he was the editor of the Fresno City College student newspaper. He grew up in the central San Joaquin Valley.


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