Intoxicated woman charged with endangering children

  
  amorris@starhq.com
  A 22-year-old woman was arrested over the weekend and charged with DUI and child endangerment after emergency personnel found her car stopped in the middle of the roadway.
  April R. Hughes, 22, 2014 Bristol Highway, was arrested around 11 p.m. Saturday night by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range and charged with first offense DUI, four counts of child endangerment and violation of the financial responsibility law.
  Her male companion in the vehicle, Michael E. Townsend, 31, 151 Melody Lane, was also arrested. He was charged with public intoxication and DUI by consent due to the fact that he allowed an intoxicated driver to operate a vehicle registered in his name.
  According to reports, while Range was on routine patrol on U.S. Highway 91 in the Hunter community, he observed a Carter County Rescue Squad unit stopped in the turning lane at the intersection of U.S. Highway 91 and Blue Springs Road. At that time, Range stopped his police cruiser and spoke with Jackie Cable of the Carter County Rescue Squad.
  "Mr. Cable states that he came upon the vehicle just moments prior to my arrival and found the vehicle, a black Honda, stopped in the roadway and a male subject hanging out the passenger door vomiting on the roadway," states Range in his report. "I approached the driver's side and spoke to the driver, identified as April R. Hughes. Ms. Hughes stated that she was having vehicle trouble. I along with Mr. Cable pushed the vehicle into the parking lot of the Super Food Convenience Store."
  Range then spoke with Hughes again and, according to the report, detected "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath and person." Range further states in his report that Hughes' eyes were glassy and she was unsteady on her feet.
  At that time, Range asked Hughes to perform a series of field sobriety tests and according to the report she did not perform them satisfactorily.
  "During this time, the passenger, identified as Mike Townsend, was continuing to vomit inside the vehicle and out the passenger window," states Range in his report. Range then asked Hughes what was wrong with Townsend and she stated to the officer that Townsend had consumed too much alcohol.
  "Also in the vehicle were children belonging to Ms. Hughes and two belonging to Mr. Townsend," states Range in his report. "The children's ages ranged from 11 years old to 10 months old."
  At that time, Hughes and Townsend were taken into custody. Hughes' father was called to the scene and he took custody of the four children. Both Hughes and Townsend are scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Jan. 14, 2005.