Woman Charged With Child Endangerment After Driving Two Children While Under The Influence Of Drugs

A woman has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony child endangerment after driving under the influence of drugs with her two toddlers in the back seat of her car. Police also suspect the children were not properly buckled in the vehicle.

28-year-old Amanda Lynn Sawyer was arrested March 6, 2019, after police responded to a call from a business about an unconscious woman who needed medical attention. There had already been two unrelated calls made to police earlier reporting Sawyer’s reckless driving, including a crash into a snow bank.

When responders arrived at the scene, Sawyer’s car was reportedly parked outside the business. Police noticed there were two child safety seats in the rear passenger area of the car, but that they were not buckled by a seatbelt into the vehicle. When police entered the building where Sawyer was reported to be unconscious, she was, in fact, upright and conscious but appeared to have been drooling. Police reports say Sawyer exhibited several alarming signs of drug abuse. Sawyer was clumsy and uncoordinated, and her speech was slurred and confused. Her eyes were also red, and she had what police presumed to be drool on her collar. Sawyer failed a field sobriety test and admitted to driving her two children, aged 1 and 3 years old, to the building. A breath test showed no signs of alcohol consumption. Sawyer admitted to using of the legal prescription drug Lorazepam. Sawyer has been involved in domestic violence charges in the past after being allegedly abused by her boyfriend. It is unclear whether the boyfriend is the father of either of her two children and if he was involved in this incident.

Sawyer’s bail has been set at $10,000.