CLEAR LAKE | A Mason City woman was arrested Wednesday for child endangerment and other charges after she allegedly drove drunk with three children in the car.
Natalie Marie Green, 26, was charged with several misdemeanors including three counts of child endangerment, operating while intoxicated, eluding, interference with official acts and driving with a suspended license.
At about 6:55 p.m., Cerro Gordo County dispatch received a report of a reckless and possibly intoxicated driver traveling westbound on Highway 122 from Mason City in a tan 2007 Buick Rendezvous.
A Cerro Gordo County deputy stopped the vehicle about 7 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 18 and North Eighth Street in Clear Lake.
The deputy identified Green as the driver and suspected she was intoxicated due her bloodshot, watery eyes and an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, court documents said.
Green, who law enforcement said did not have a valid driver's license, had three children in the vehicle -- ages 3, 2 and 5 months.
She fled the scene with the children in the vehicle as the deputy made arrangements to have the children picked up by family, according to officials.
The deputy then began to pursue the vehicle with with lights and sirens as the speeds “were no more than the speed limit," court documents said. The pursuit continued on Buddy Holly Place, where Green turned into the Meadow Lake Apartments parking lot.
She stopped the vehicle in the parking log and then allegedly refused to exit the vehicle when ordered to do so, the deputy noted in court documents.
“She did not comply and was forced out of the vehicle by law enforcement,” the deputy wrote in charging documents. “During an attempted apprehension of Miss Green, she still was not complying with instructions until finally being forced into handcuffs and placed into the back of a patrol car.”
Green was then taken into custody without further incident. No one was hurt -- including the children -- and no property was damaged, the sheriff's office said in a news release.
Her blood alcohol content was .155, according to court documents. The legal limit in Iowa is .08.
She was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and released the same night after posting a $8,300 bond. Green is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court May 25.
The Clear Lake Police Department and Iowa State Patrol provided assistance.