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Deputies: Pasco woman charged with DUI while driving 2 kids

TBO.com Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:18 AM

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A New Port Richey woman was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of child neglect after she was found to be driving with alcohol, marijuana and opiates in her system, according to Pasco deputies.

Amanda Faye Pinkston, 32, of 3913 Luma Dr., was seen sitting in the driver's seat of a 2003 Jeep in the parking lot of Denny's, 4442 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. According to witnesses, she was in and out of consciousness with two children also in the car, deputies said.

Pinkston had temporary custody of the kids, ages 4 and 7, for part of the day from their father, deputies said.

Pinkston, described by Pasco Sheriff's Office deputies as unsteady on her feet, had fresh injection marks on her arms and failed a sobriety test, according to the arrest report.

During a search of the car, deputies found a crack pipe, marijuana pipe, and two syringes, deputies said. The car was also littered with small, triangular plastic bags used to store crack, deputies said.

According to an arrest report, Pinkston has two prior arrests for driving under the influence and her Florida driver's license was revoked in 2011 for five years.

Pinkston is charged with DUI, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, refusal to take a breath test and two counts of child neglect. She was in the Land O' Lakes Jail with a $20,600 bond.

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