Police: Kid told officers to take her mom to jail after DUI crash

2012-07-11T18:15:00Z 2012-07-11T23:08:01Z Police: Kid told officers to take her mom to jail after DUI crashBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Police said a Portage woman's daughter asked that her mom be taken to jail after an alcohol-fueled fender bender.

Rhonda Hamilton, 43, faces multiple drunken driving, child neglect and resisting law enforcement charges.

About 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Portage police were called to a crash at Crisman Road and the Willowcreek Road bypass. A woman told police she was stopped, waiting to merge into traffic, when Hamilton rear-ended her in a pickup truck.

Hamilton stumbled as she exited her truck, and officers spotted a bottle of pain killers in her purse, police said.

Hamilton smelled of alcohol, had red, watery eyes and said the woman in front of her slammed on her brakes, police said.

Officers talked to two children in the truck, one of them Hamilton's daughter.

"My mom is drunk. Please take her to jail," the girl allegedly told officers.

When asked if she had any medical conditions or was on any medication, Hamilton grabbed an officer's arm, yelled at him, then told him not to touch her, police said.

When she began flailing her arms and trying to kick officers, they attempted to handcuff her. When she allegedly resisted, she was taken to the ground and got a bloody nose, police said.

Hamilton was taken to Porter hospital in Valparaiso for a chemical test. After getting medical clearance, she was arrested and taken to Porter County Jail.

Officers searchedĀ her truck found pills and a fast food cup full of beer, police said.

Police said the children were released to a relative.

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