Beer Before Babes

Woman had case of suds belted in front, loose 16-month-old in back

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Beer Before Babes

FEBRUARY 5--When cops pulled Tina Williams over for erratic driving Sunday afternoon, they discovered that the 46-year-old Florida woman had her seat belt priorities scrambled.

The glassy-eyed Williams, who reeked of alcohol and subsequently failed a series of field sobriety tests, was traveling with two passengers in the back seat of her 1982 Ford station wagon: a 20-year-old woman and a 16-month-old infant, who was neither in a car seat nor somehow belted in.

However, Williams did make sure to secure the vehicle's other precious cargo. As noted in this St. John's County Sheriff's Office report, deputies discovered that a 24-pack of Busch beer was placed in the front passenger seat and 'was seat belted in.'

Williams, who was charged with drunk driving and child endangerment, said, 'I don't know,' when deputies asked why the child was not safely restrained. She claimed to have 'had a few' when asked if she had been drinking. And when asked for her license, Williams replied, 'I never had one.' She is pictured in the above mug shot. (2 pages)