Central Falls mother arrested for DUI with 8-year-old in car

By News Staff


A Central Falls mother has been charged with driving under the influence with her 8-year-old daughter in the car early Thanksgiving morning.

Maria Pena, 51, was arrested and charged with DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test as well as several moving violations.

Police say they were on patrol as part of a statewide DUI taskforce and pulled Pena over after was seen swerving in and out of the lane of travel numerous times and almost struck an oncoming vehicle as well as a utility pole.

Police say while she was driving, her 8 year old daughter was unrestrained and moving about in the back seat.

A family member was able to come to the scene and take custody of the 8-year-old.

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