Shelby twp. woman accused of drunk driving with a child in the car and resisting arrest

SHELBY TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - A Shelby Township woman is accused of drunk driving with a child in her vehicle and resisting arrest.

Macomb County Sheriff's police say April Mitchell, 50, is charged with operating while intoxicated with a child under the age of 16 and also resisting and obstructing arrest.

Investigators say a patron at the Buffalo Wild Wings on 26 Mile Rd in Shelby Township observed Mitchell's behavior and called 9-1-1 when she left. A sheriff's deputy pulled Mitchell over before she reached the main road. She was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer with an 11-year-old passenger in the front seat.

Police conducted a field sobriety test and said Mitchell failed it. When they tried to arrest her, she resisted by making her body stiff and slumping to the ground, according to Lt. John Michalke. A deputy had to use his taser on Mitchell twice before making the arrest.

When Mitchell was brought to the Macomb County Jail, investigators said her blood alcohol level was .19. That is more than twice the legal limit to drive in Michigan.

Action News spoke with Mitchell by phone, but she declined to comment on the case.

Mitchell posted bond, but is expected to be back in court on January 21.

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