Columbiana mom faces child endangering charges following OVI arrest

Staff report


Two women were jailed over the weekend after police in Youngstown and Liberty reported they were driving impaired with kids in the back seats of their vehicles.

A Columbiana woman faces child-endangering charges after an arrest on charges of operating a vehicle impaired late Saturday on Leffingwell Road in Canfield Township.

A Mahoning County deputy sheriff responded to reports that a car was swerving on the road and found Ashleigh Kennedy, 33, of South Bayshore Drive off the roadway and stuck in the grass, according to a report.

Two toddlers were asleep in the back seat but improperly secured, the report said, with one child in a booster seat instead of a full car seat and the other child, who should have been in a booster seat, using only a seat belt.

Kennedy refused to cooperate for a field-sobriety test and fought with deputies as they arrested her, the report said.

“Ashleigh was uncooperative, belligerent and downright difficult,” the report says.

Deputies sent the children home with their grandmother.

A nurse at the Mahoning County jail refused intake of Kennedy because of her level of impairment, so she was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, the report said.

She later was booked into the jail on charges of OVI, two counts of misdemeanor child endangering and resisting arrest.

She also received citations for failure to control and improper child restraints. She will appear today in Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield.

In Liberty Township, a Cleveland woman was arrested early Sunday after police say she was intoxicated while driving with her children in the back seat.

Bridget Powell, 38, is charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment, according to a police report.

The report said an 18-year-old called 911 to report he and his 8-year-old sister were in the car and his mother was driving drunk. Dispatch was able to pinpoint his location to state Route 11, the report said.

Liberty police set up on the route near Tibbetts-Wick Road to intercept the vehicle.

The son told dispatch his mother was repeatedly stopping the vehicle and striking him while driving, the report said.

Officers caught the vehicle and pulled Powell over, the report said.

Powell told police they had been driving home from a wedding and she had two glasses of wine.

The son and daughter told police they were afraid they were going to be killed from the way Powell was driving. The son claimed he begged his mother to let him drive but she refused, the report said.

Powell was arrested after failing a sobriety test. The young daughter was turned over to her grandmother, the report said.

Powell is being held in the Trumbull County jail. She will appear at 9 a.m. today in Girard Municipal Court.

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