ADA—An Ada woman was charged Friday with felony child endangerment after being arrested for driving under the influence with her two young children in the vehicle.

A probable cause affidavit filed by District Attorney William Peterson said Jonie Lee Welsh, 24, Ada, was arrested Wednesday night after a 911 caller reported a white female in a maroon GMC pickup had driven across the center median after leaving the Taco Mayo restaurant on Lonnie Abbott Blvd. Ada Police Officer Mickey Ballard responded to the call. Ballard located Welsh’s vehicle in a ditch on the side of Country Club Avenue. Ballard said two Samaritans had stopped to help Welsh.

Ballard observed Welsh walking away from the vehicle toward the roadway falling down several times. Welsh had to use one of the good Samaritans' vehicles to maintain her balance, the report said. While talking to Welsh, Ballard detected a strong odor of alcohol and asked her if she had been drinking. Welsh told him she had a few drinks earlier, according to the report.

The two witnesses said when they were behind Welsh, she ran over the curb on the northeast corner of Lonnie Abbott and Country Club, went north a short distance and drove into the bar ditch. One of the witnesses said Welsh asked for help and he put her children in his vehicle to keep them warm. The children were ages four and five.

Ballard placed Welsh under arrest and took her to the police station. A breathalyzer test was administered and she checked a 0.25 blood alcohol level. A plea of not guilty was entered for Welsh at an arraignment hearing in Pontotoc County District Court on Friday. She is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

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