RI State Police arrest Providence babysitter for DUI

Phyllis Lee Coates

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A woman was arrested early Friday morning for drunk driving and for failing to stop at multiple stop signs with four young children in her car, according to Rhode Island State Police.

21-year-old Phyllis Lee Coates of Providence was driving a Mazda CX7, which was travelling at a high rate of speed on Prairie Avenue about 1:05 a.m. Friday.

Coates was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical test, disorderly conduct, threatening two troopers, and four counts of cruelty to or neglect of children

Police say they found four young children ages two, five, seven, and eleven in the car. In addition, three younger children were not properly buckled in child safety seats or restraints.

Officials say Coates was watching the children while their mother was working. The car she was driving was owned by the mother.

The mother of the kids was not immediately found, but the stepfather of the children was located and the kids were turned over to him.

The state Department for Children, Youth and Families were notified and advised of the incident.

Authorities say Coates was also issued several motor vehicle citations for speeding, five counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, and three seatbelt violations for failure to have the three youngest children properly restrained.

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