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Stillwater woman picks up kids drunk at school, faces DWI

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Stillwater Police arrested a Stillwater woman on a drunk driving charge Thursday afternoon after she attempted to pick up her three young children at Lily Lake Elementary School in Stillwater.

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The 37-year-old tested at .27, more than three times the legal limit for alcohol intoxication, in a preliminary breath test a police officer administered. The results to a follow-up urinalysis were pending. She was being held at Washington County Jail awaiting a charge of second degree DWI.

Although the woman has no prior drunk driving convictions, her high level of intoxication and the danger her actions posed to her children were reasons for the second-degree charge, police said.

Police were called to the school's parking lot shortly after 2 p.m., when an off-duty Stillwater Police officer witnessed the woman exit her vehicle and "stumble around" on a nearby sidewalk as she attempted to retrieve her children, who are students at the school. Police arrived as the woman was about to drive away with the children in the car, police said.

One of the children called her father from the school's office to pick up them up and bring them safely home.

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