April 18, 2014

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Police: Lorain mom got latest DUI with 9-year-old in the car

Vonda Hunter, following an arrest in 2009

LORAIN — Police arrested a Lorain mother after she was reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol with her 9-year-old child in the vehicle.

Vonda Hunter, 33, was charged with improper passing, operating a vehicle while under the influence, implied consent and endangering children. Police said Hunter had three prior OVI convictions — in April 2012, February of 2009 and January and February of 2005 — and three prior refusals — in March of 2011 and September and November of 2004.

At 7:53 p.m. Friday, an officer witnessed Hunter speeding around several vehicles, cutting off one in the middle of the intersection, causing the driver of the other vehicle to honk and slam on the brakes to avoid a collision.

Police stopped Hunter at East Erie Avenue and Colorado Avenue, and while Hunter could not provide a driver’s license and proof of insurance, police said Hunter did have a valid license.

Hunter appeared to have bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to a police report. Hunter reportedly sprayed herself with perfume and began smoking a cigarette when the officer returned to her car.

When asked if she had been drinking, Hunter said the officer probably smelled her perfume and said she had been eating a cough drop. The officer performed a sobriety test on Hunter, but Hunter initially refused and then said she had been sick recently and her hip hurt, so she couldn’t do the test well.

Hunter later admitted that she had a margarita at Don Tequilas at 4 p.m. that day, which was reportedly “Texas Size.”

According to the report, a portable breath test registered a BAC of .224. Hunter was transferred to Lorain City Jail, and her child was taken by a family member.

Police said Hunter was belligerent during her arrest, saying that she was not drunk and she was going to hire attorney Mike Duff to have the case dismissed. According to the report, Hunter made several racist comments to officers and urinated on herself.