On Friday November 15, 39-year-old Regina Slaughter-Barrera pleaded guilty to two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with an occupant younger than 16 – child endangerment, second offense. Slaughter-Barrera also pleaded as a habitual offender with a third offense sentencing enhancement.
The defendant was initially charged with two more counts which included operating while intoxicated, third offense, and operating a motor vehicle while license suspended, denied, or revoked, second offense. Prosecutors in the case dismissed these counts in exchange for her guilty plea.
The charges are in connection with an incident that took place in July, when the defendant was allegedly driving at speeds of 71 mph in a 45 mph zone on M-15 in Portsmouth Township. A Michigan State Trooper alleged that Slaughter-Berrara braked hard as she was headed south near Cass Avenue, then made a right turn onto Cass without signaling.
The trooper alleges that the defendant did not stop immediately after he engaged his emergency lights; when she did finally stop, the trooper saw that two children were in the back seat, as well as an adult female passenger. Slaughter-Berrera told the trooper that she did not have a driver’s license. Court records also indicate she did not have the proper paperwork for the 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix she was driving.
After being unable to perform sobriety tests due to severe intoxication, she submitted to a blood test at McLaren-Bay Region hospital. The defendant’s BAC was determined to be 0.369, more than four times Michigan’s legal limit of 0.08.
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