Crime, Featured Stories, News, State/Region — September 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Mother Arrested for Drunk Driving with Five Kids


On Monday Tasha L. Schleicher (pictured above), 40, had five of her children in her vehicle when she drove drunk. Because of driving under the influence she veered into a median cable barrier at highway speed near Rochester. When authorities made it to the scene they found the mother was breast-feeding her baby. The deputy smelled the odor of alcohol coming from Schleicher, and her speech was slow and slurred. An off-duty police sergeant had seen Schleicher’s car drift off southbound Hwy. 52  and sideswipe the cable barrier for approximately 200 feet. This caused pieces of her vehicle into the road which caused other drivers to swerve. Schleicher stopped on the shoulder of 75th Street NW where they approached her. Schleicher who did not have a driver’s license was arrested and agreed to a preliminary breath test. Her blood alcohol content was 0.17 percent. This is more than twice the legal limit for driving in Minnesota. No one was injured during the incident. Schleicher was charged Monday with felony first-degree drunken driving, child endangerment and driving without a valid license in Olmsted County District Court . The children were turned over to the county child protection services and Schleicher remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail until an October fourth court appearance.This is not her first time being caught driving under the influence; she has three drunken driving convictions in the past ten years. She has also been charged for possessing marijuana in a vehicle in Hennepin County in 2015, a count which was dismissed.



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