Phoenix PD: DUI suspect passed out in car with engine running and child inside

Posted at 1:23 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 17:11:41-04

A Flagstaff woman is facing multiple charges after she was reportedly found unconscious and intoxicated inside a vehicle with her child in the back seat. 

Phoenix police report that at about 11 a.m. on July 3 they responded to an area near 24th Street and McDowell Road. 

Phoenix fire personnel had reportedly found a woman, later identified as 26-year-old Leah Sue Lynn Tsosie, passed out in a car with the engine running, the car in drive and her foot on the brake. 

Firefighters reportedly told police that they removed a 5-year-old girl, who was unrestrained in the back seat of the vehicle. 

Authorities twice used smelling salts to wake Tsosie. 

Police say they found four empty beer bottles and a half-filled bottle, between Tsosie's legs. 

Tsosie, who is from Flagstaff, had a blood-alcohol content greater than .20, police said. 

She has been charged with aggravated and extreme DUI.