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Police: Woman charged with child abuse after drinking, driving 5-10 mph down Merrimac Trail

A Williamsburg woman has been charged with felony child abuse and driving under the influence after authorities found her driving between five and 10 mph on Merrimac Trail Saturday night. (Courtesy photo/Google Maps)
A Williamsburg woman has been charged with felony child abuse and driving under the influence after authorities found her driving between five and 10 mph on Merrimac Trail Saturday night. (Courtesy photo/Google Maps)

A Williamsburg woman has been charged with felony child abuse and driving under the influence after authorities found her driving between five and 10 mph on Merrimac Trail Saturday night.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies were on routine patrol at 7:24 p.m. near Route 199 on Merrimac Trail when they saw a red car driving “at a very low rate of speed,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said.

Deputies stopped the vehicle and found 45-year-old Katina Harrold driving with two passengers, a 19-year-old and a 12-year-old, in the vehicle, Ward said. The child was not wearing a seatbelt.

Deputies smelled a “strong odor of alcohol” coming from the car, Ward said.

Harrold was arrested and taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on Merrimac Trail.

Online York-Poquoson General District Court records show Harrold has been charged with alcohol-related offenses in the past in York County.

She was charged with DUI-first offense and refusing a blood or breath test in August 2017.

The charges date back to 2008, and include public swearing and intoxication, improper child restraint, restricted license violations, and other equipment violations.

Court records show she is still in custody.

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Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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