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'Extremely Drunk' Woman Arrested for Attempting to Pick Up Kid

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. | Last updated on

A Florida woman who showed up drunk at an elementary school to pick up a child picked up several criminal charges instead.

Sheriff's deputies say that Renata Congleton was "extremely drunk" when she arrived at a local elementary school to pick up an unidentified child last week, reports WFLA-TV. School staff refused to let her take the child with her and instead called law enforcement.

Just how drunk is "extremely drunk," and what kinds of criminal charges is Congleton now facing?

Before law enforcement could arrive, Congleton fled, allegedly smashing into two cars. When deputies eventually located Congleton sitting by the front door of her home, they reported she was combative, scratching, kicking, and cussing at them. Deputies were eventually able to subdue her and take her to a local hospital to test her blood alcohol concentration. According to the arrest report, she registered a BAC of .413, over five times Florida's legal limit of .08.

Charged With Child Neglect, Battery on an Officer

Congleton was charged with neglect of a child, which under Florida law is considered a "caregiver's failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child's physical and mental health." In Florida, neglect of a child is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

In addition, Congleton was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting an officer with violence, both of which are third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Although she was not charged with driving under the influence, she was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Congleton's bond was set at $15,000.

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