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Woman accused of driving drunk with child in backseat

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On May 12th, MHP Trooper Swartz spotted a dark SUV strike an orange cone that was on top of the dashed white lines on the southbound lanes of 6th Street NW near the Northwest Bypass.

Charging documents state the trooper initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver, identified as Tessa Dear, who did not realize she has driven over a traffic cone. According to the incident report, Dear admitted to drinking earlier and the trooper noticed a child in the back seat. Field sobriety tests were conducted where the trooper noted multiple indicators of intoxication. Dear refused to provide a breath and blood sample. 

Dear is charged with criminal child endangerment, a felony, and driving under the influence, a misdemeanor. 

The State has requested her bond be set in the amount of $5,000 and additionally asks that Dear be equipped with and begin active alcohol monitoring by use of the SCRAM device, the Remote Alcohol Testing device, Soberlink device, or participation in the 24/7 Program at the Cascade County Sheriff's Office. 

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