Woman police officer, driving drunk, causes crash with baby daughter in back seat

Posted on July 10, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Jul. 10, 2012 – TOKYO —

Police said Monday they have arrested a female police head patrol officer for causing an accident while driving drunk in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward on Saturday. The woman had her 5-month-old baby daughter in the car with her at the time of the crash, TV Asahi reported.

The officer, who has been named as 32-year-old Yoshimi Minamoto, was reportedly driving under the influence when her car collided with another vehicle on Saturday night. Minamoto then reportedly attempted to flee the scene with her daughter, TV Asahi reported. Police say she stumbled and fell, at which point she left her daughter on the ground and ran away.

Minamoto, who was on maternity leave from police duties at the time of the incident, was tested at six times the legal alcohol limit, police were quoted as saying. During police questioning, Minamoto said: “I have been finding raising a baby stressful and hid the stress from my husband by drinking.”

A Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, “This is a deeply deplorable incident and we will be dealing with the accused in a strict manner,” TV Asahi reported.

Japan Today

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