Woman Caught Driving Drunk with Child in Car Due in Court Next Week

| December 26, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A 38-year-old woman is facing a preliminary hearing next week on child endangerment, reckless endangerment, and related charges after she was caught driving under the influence with a juvenile passenger in Oil City.

Court documents indicate 38-year-old Colleen Connie Prokop of Cambridge Springs is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, on the following charges:

  • Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
  • DUI: Highest Rate of Alcohol (BAC .16+) 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • DUI: General Impairment/Incapable of Driving Safely – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • Careless Driving, Summary
  • Driving While BAC .02 or Greater While License Suspended, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, Lt. Love of the Oil City Police Department responded to a report of an intoxicated female driver around 10:38 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9.

According to the complaint, Prokop was driving a black Ford pickup truck with her child in the vehicle.

Lt. Love made a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1000 block of North Street.

The complaint notes that a juvenile female was located in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Prokop was emanating a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and her speech was slurred.

According to the complaint, after field sobriety testing Lt. Love determined Prokop was under the influence of alcohol and incapable of diving. She was transported to UPMC Northwest for testing but refused a blood draw.

Lt. Love then applied for and was granted a search warrant for a blood sample from Prokop. According to the complaint, the sample, which was sent to the PSP crime lab, contained 0.17 ethyl alcohol.

The charges were subsequently filed on Monday, November 2, at Judge Fish’s office.

A First Class Summons was issued on Tuesday, November 27.

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