A 26-year-old Boise woman arrested for a DUI last weekend is charged with felony injury to child for leaving her 8-month-old son home by himself while she was driving, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reported Friday.
Deputies arrested Brittney N. Jenkins on the felony warrant at her Boise home Wednesday. She was released from the Ada County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond, the sheriff's office reported.
Deputies began their investigation just before 11:15 p.m. Sunday after they saw a blue sedan moving erratically and swerving out of the lane of travel on Lake Hazel Road near Five Mile Road.
Deputies pulled over the car and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, later identified as Jenkins, according to an Ada County Sheriff's Office news release. Jenkins failed field sobriety tests and then took a breath test, where she registered a blood alcohol level of 0.17– more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Idaho, the sheriff's office reported.
During the DUI arrest, Jenkins told deputies she needed to get home to check on her son — and that her roommate was there. Deputies went to Jenkins’ home and discovered that the baby was left alone, according to the news release.
Deputies declared the baby to be in imminent danger and placed him in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Jenkins was charged with misdemeanor DUI and injury to a child and booked into the Ada County Jail Sunday night. She posted an $800 bond and was released hours later.
Ada County prosecutors issued a warrant for Jenkins’ arrest Wednesday, changing the injury to a child charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Felony injury to a child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Jenkins is set to make her initial court appearance on Tuesday.