The Sonora Police Department made two arrests late Monday night and Tuesday afternoon near downtown Sonora with mothers suspected of driving with their children while under the influence of alcohol.

The two incidents occurred within 14 hours of one another.

“Unfortunately it does happen occasionally where people choose to drink with their children in the vehicle. When that happens, we also seek child endangerment charges as well. But having them back to back in such close proximity to each other is unusual,” said Sonora Police Chief Turu VanderWiel.

On Tuesday afternoon, a Sonora woman was driving southbound on South Stewart Street in a 2012 Chevy Malibu when she attempted to make a left turn on Lyons Road. She sideswiped a northbound Jeep Wrangler traveling straight through the intersection, VanderWiel said.

According to Sonora Police logs, the driver of the blue sedan was staggering just after the collision.

VanderWiel said Kimberly Anne Smock, 33, was found to have a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit of .08, VanderWiel said. He said he did not have the exact number available.

Her two children were unharmed and given food and drinks at a nearby Italian restaurant before they were picked up by a family member, VanderWiel said.

Smock was booked on suspicion of abusing or endangering the health of a child and misdemeanor charges driving under the influence.

Her bail was set at $25,000 and as of Wednesday afternoon she remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.

VanderWiel said a witness to the accident also told an officer she witnessed the blue Subaru hit a parked vehicle at a gas station on Pesce Way. Officers were able to verify the accident occurred, he said, but they are still seeking to identify the make and owner of the vehicle that was hit.

At 11:23 p.m. the night before, a Sonora woman crashed her black 2004 Buick Rendezvous into a parked car while driving southbound on Snell Street, before the intersection with Bonanza Road, VanderWiel said.

According to a Sonora Police Department press release, the woman admitted to have been drinking prior to the accident.

Her 8-year-old daughter was inside the car, but uninjured.

Sarah Ann Lawrence, 32, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of abusing or endangering the health of a child and misdemeanor charges driving under the influence.

Her bail was set at $25,000 and as of Wednesday afternoon she remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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