SOUTHINGTON - A local woman, charged with driving under the influence with a teenager in the vehicle, has been granted a program that will allow her to keep a clean record.
Jenessa Ives, 33, was enrolled in the Alcohol Education Program during a hearing on Wednesday, in Bristol Superior Court. She faces charges of operating under the influence and risk of injury to a minor.
Ives, who is free from custody, is scheduled to be in the program until Dec. 9, 2019. The charges against her would be dropped that day if she’s successful in the program, which will include between 10-15 counseling sessions in alcohol intervention.
According to police, officers were called on July 3 about a vehicle driving erratically by a driver who appeared to be under the influence. Investigators then located Ives and found that she was intoxicated, police said. Her blood alcohol content registered as a 0.19 during two separate tests, according to court officials. The legal limit to drive in Connecticut is 0.08.
Police said Ives had a 15-year-old - who has not been identified - in the vehicle at the time of the allegations.
No injuries were reported.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.