Beacon Journal staff writer
Ed Meyer

A Copley Township woman with her three children in the car was arrested Christmas Eve on drunken-driving charges after she crashed on the way to her father’s home in Bath Township, police said.

Lisa Teter, 43, failed a series of sobriety tests at the police station after the crash and registered 0.216 percent on a breath analysis test for alcohol content, Bath police Capt. Greg Lang said.

The breath-test reading was 2˝ times over the limit deemed by the state to be considered intoxicated.

Teter was arraigned Friday in Akron Municipal Court on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and misdemeanor child endangering, a court official said.

Lang said there were no injuries to either Teter or her children on the night of the crash.

The children, ages 7, 8 and 12, were picked up at the accident scene by Teter’s father, and she was released on a summons to appear in court following the sobriety tests, Lang said.

Teter was eastbound in the 4100 block of West Bath Road, near Rolling Meadows Road, at about 6:40 p.m. when she apparently lost control, went off the road and slid into a tree in the yard of a residence, Lang said.

Officer Mike Gabel said he responded to a call from a Good Samaritan who saw the crash.

Teter was outside her car, a 2010 Ford Fusion, with her children and the Good Samaritan when Gabel arrived at the scene.

“I immediately made sure, first of all, that everybody was okay, then had her put the children back in the car to stay warm because it was kind of cold that evening,” Gabel said.

He said he noticed what he thought was an odor of alcohol outside Teter’s car. He confirmed his suspicion inside his cruiser, he said, when Teter was given a breath test with a portable device.

Her father arrived with a nephew, and he took the children to his home in Bath that night, Gabel said.

“I inquired if she had been drinking that evening. She said no, she doesn’t drink and that she had an accident a couple of weeks prior where she had a concussion. She said she’s on medication and isn’t allowed to drink,” Gabel said.

He said Teter told him two of her children were secured in lap-shoulder belts at the time of the crash and the youngest was in a booster seat.

A Bath police sergeant drove Teter to her father’s home after she was processed at the station, Gabel said.

Court officials had no information about whether Teter had an attorney for Friday’s court appearance.

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