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St. Pete mom charged with DUI, child abuse

Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 05:24 PM

A 37-year-old mother was arrested Wednesday night in downtown St. Petersburg after a series of events that police say started out with her drinking with three children in tow – and ended with her offering to have sex in a public park with two men.

Christine Marie King, of 9230 Fifth St. N. – who also goes by Christine Corbitt – was charged with drunken driving, disorderly conduct, three counts of child abuse and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to Pinellas County Jail records.

King was being held at the jail on $40,850 bail.

King was with three girls: her daughters, ages 12 and 5, and an 11-year-old friend of theirs, police spokesman Mike Puetz said. King was drinking Chardonnay out of a box before the four headed to The Pier in a minivan, Puetz said.

At The Pier, King bought two bottles of Mike's Hard Lemonade and some cigarettes and at some point, urinated off the side of The Pier, the 11-year-old told police.

The four then got back into the minivan, but as King drove, she got angry with the children, stopped the vehicle and struck the 11-year-old, Puetz said. As she was arguing with the children before she stopped the minivan, the vehicle nearly struck a man coming out of a restaurant on Beach Drive, investigators said.

The children ran from her and King went after them, Puetz said. Two men saw this and got between King and the children, at which point she took off her top and asked if they wanted to have sex with her, Puetz said. She bared her breasts to everyone in the park, the spokesman said.

Police arrived, and King's daughters' grandmother arrived to take the children, Puetz said.

Later, as police were trying to put King in a squad car, she kicked an officer in the stomach. She also refused to submit to a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer and, when she was transferred from a squad car to a transportation van, pulled down her pants, Puetz said.

"You're going to search me, aren't you?" she reportedly said.

Police secured her pants with zip ties.

It was her third drunken-driving arrest, Puetz said.

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