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PD: Woman jailed after DUI with baby girl in broken car seat

Posted at 10:34 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 21:29:20-04

PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman was jailed after officers found her vehicle wrecked into a fence with a baby girl who had been inside.

Officers were called to the area of 35th Avenue and Sherman Street in response to a reported drunk driver on Monday before 4 p.m.

According to police documents, an arriving officer located the suspect vehicle up against a metal fence, with a baby girl in a broken car seat on the trunk of the vehicle.

The driver, 33-year-old Sussan Lira, was in the driver’s seat, responding to officers with slurred words.

Police say Lira was unable to stand on her own and refused a breath test.

When interviewed, Lira said, between a scale of 1 to 10 on how drunk she was, she rated herself a 5. She said she drank two bottles of Mad Dog and a friend told her not to drive.

Emergency crews checked the infant and discovered bruising. The child was reportedly wearing an old, dirty diaper.

A witness had reportedly removed the car seat from the vehicle, which was not restrained or buckled into the car at the time.

The child was taken into custody by the Department of Child Services.

Lira was booked into jail for aggravated DUI, endangerment and having an open container.