Woman accused of driving in Phoenix drunk with 3 children in the car, police say

Posted at 12:22 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 18:26:47-04

A woman accused of an extreme DUI is accused of driving in north Phoenix with her three young children in the car.

Phoenix police say that on Aug. 22, a concerned citizen was following a vehicle that reportedly nearly struck a car and a barrier on Interstate 17 near Thunderbird Road. 

The citizen followed the vehicle to a Jack in the Box, near 35th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, where police detained the woman. 

The suspect, 33-year-old Jennifer Daylene Rinehart, allegedly admitted to police that she had three drinks. 

Police say they found three small children, ages 7, 6 and 19 months, in the car with her.

Rinehart reportedly had a BAC of .222 — nearly three times the legal limit. 

A records check showed she was also driving on a suspended license. 

She has been charged with extreme aggravated DUI.