Mom accused of driving drunk onto family's lawn, endangering young sons

2012-10-26T18:45:00Z 2012-12-10T09:49:03Z Mom accused of driving drunk onto family's lawn, endangering young sonsBy Susan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
October 26, 2012 6:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors have charged a Hammond woman with two felonies after her 3-year-old was allegedly seen standing on the front seat of her car as it swerved onto the family's lawn.

Katie Lendi, 34, faces two felony counts of neglecting dependents for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her two sons, ages 3 and younger, as passengers Tuesday, according to Lake Criminal Court records. The driver and passenger doors to the car were reported to be ajar during the incident, court records state.

The woman's husband told police he was inside their home on Hammond's Knickerbocker Parkway about 7 p.m. Tuesday when he looked out the window and saw his wife's car swerving onto the lawn as she attempted to pull into the driveway.

The husband saw open containers of alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle after he approached it, court records state.

And the older of the two boys reportedly was climbing onto the dashboard as his father approached the car, which reeked of alcohol, authorities said. The younger boy was in a car seat in the back of the car, according to court records.

In a statement to police, Lendi admitted consuming about eight mini bottles of wine Tuesday and driving impaired to Hammond after picking up her children in St. John.

A blood serum test performed about five hours after the incident resulted in an alcohol reading of .184, more than twice the legal limit, according to court records.

Lendi is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent, punishable by a maximum three-year sentence if convicted.

Court records show police were told the woman has a history of a drug and alcohol addiction, including terminations from area medical facilities for narcotics-related incidents.

Prior convictions include a 2006 offense relating to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and a 2004 drunken driving charge reduced to reckless driving, according to Lake County court records.

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