EASTLAKE -- Police say an Eastlake woman is accused for the second time in a month of endangering her children while she was allegedly drunk.
Eastlake Police Chief Larry Reik tells Channel 3 that Mindy Sotak, 29, of Eastlake, was at the Walmart on Vine Street in her car and was backing out of a parking space Saturday around noon when she backed into another car.
Reik said Sotak drove off after she hit the car but an officer was in the parking lot doing a bicycle safety program and stopped her.
The officer said she "...exhibited characteristics of being impaired, such as thick speech and glassy eyes." She would also not comply with officers' requests.
She had her two children -- 3 and 5 -- in the car with her.
Police had to physically remove her from the car. Family members were called to come and take the children.
Reik said that, when she reached the police station, she would not cooperate and again had to be physically restrained.
She refused a Breathalyzer test and was charged with hit-skip, OVI, failure to comply and two counts of endangering children.
She is scheduled to be in Willoughby Municipal Court 10 a.m. Tuesday (May 22) before Judge Harry E. Field.
Sotak was before Field earlier this month when she pleaded not guilty on May 15 to two counts of child endangering.
In that case, Sotak was released on bond and has a pretrial scheduled at 8:30 a.m. May 29, also before Field.
On May 3, a utility employee called police after he saw a child screaming.
Police arrived to find Sotak inside the home looking visibly intoxicated. The dog was a family pet and the boy was not injured.
Both of Sotak's children were home with her at the time.