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Newtown mom charged with DUI, claims narcolepsy

Connectcut news from Eyewitness News
April 16, 2013 4:21:25 AM PDT
Monroe police say they charged a woman with driving under the influence after she blacked out while driving her 4-year-old daughter to day care.

The Connecticut Post reports that 32-year-old Melissa Pinto of Newtown was charged with DUI, evading responsibility and risk of injury to a minor last Thursday.

Police say Pinto told them she suffers from narcolepsy, which causes people to suddenly fall asleep. But officers say she admitted to taking several medications before getting in her car with her daughter, including oxycodone.

Authorities say Pinto drove across a local resident's lawn on her way to her daughter's day care, where she was arrested. The resident followed Pinto to the day care.

State child welfare officials took custody of Pinto's daughter. It's not clear if Pinto has lawyer.

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