Chesterfield grandma accused of driving drunk with grandchildren in car

Published: Dec. 12, 2013 at 3:13 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM EST
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield grandmother is facing several charges after police say, they caught her driving drunk with her two grandchildren in the car. 60-year-old Linda Wareing is charged with DWI and two counts of child endangerment.

NBC12 went to Wareing's home Wednesday night where she was still visibly upset by her arrest. She said, she is afraid a judge will take her grandchildren away from her. She splits custody of them and doesn't want her "bad decision" to affect them.

"They've already been hurt enough," said Wareing. "They didn't need to see their grandmother be a failure."

According to Wareing, this past Friday night her grandchildren, ages nine and eleven, begged to go to McDonalds.

She admits, she had been drinking vodka earlier in the day while the girls were at school and then took a shot of the liquor before she drove them. Wareing says, she sometimes drinks to numb the pain she sustained from an injury.

"I didn't feel intoxicated but that still was a bad judgement because I don't ever get in a car and drink and drive," she said.

Wareing says, she began driving her Nissan Versa the five miles to McDonalds when one of the lenses of her glasses popped out and she began to swerve. Moments later, she was pulled over by a Chesterfield police officer.

"He asked me if I had been drinking and I said no because I knew I had been," said Wareing. "He told me someone had reported me, because I did run off the shoulder of the road."

The police report shows, Wareing's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Now, the 60-year-old faces a host of charges and she's fearful a judge won't let her keep her grandchildren.

"They're my life now," said the grandmother through tears. "That's what keeps me going."

Wareing says, she hasn't driven since that night and hopes her terrible mistake won't impact her grandchildren. Wareing will be arraigned Friday.

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