MOUNT VERNON — A Centerburg woman is facing misdemeanor charges after allegedly driving intoxicated with her child in her vehicle and leaving another at home alone.

Melodie L. LaCoy, 29, is charged in Mount Vernon Municipal Court with two counts of child endangering and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The charges stem from Saturday. According to Knox County Sheriff’s reports, a deputy was dispatched to LaCoy’s residence on an activated residential burglar alarm.

The responding deputy knocked on the door and LaCoy’s 3-year-old child came to the window. The deputy entered the residence and found no one other than the child at home.

The deputy was able to contact a member of LaCoy’s family, who contacted LaCoy and arranged to have someone come to the residence. As they arrived, LaCoy also pulled up in her vehicle, according to reports.

Sheriff’s reports state that LaCoy appeared to be intoxicated and there was “a strong odor of alcohol coming from her.” LaCoy’s 21-month-old child was in her vehicle, according to reports.

LaCoy told the arresting deputy she had gone to town to buy cigarettes.

The charges brought against LaCoy are all first-degree misdemeanors and carry up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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