Woman more than 4 times legal limit crashes minivan with 5 girls inside: court docs

Woman more than 4 times legal limit crashes minivan with 5 girls inside: court docs
Published: Dec. 19, 2022 at 9:37 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2022 at 12:20 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A Cleves woman was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving more than four times the legal limit to drink and drive when she crashed her minivan with five girls inside, court records show.

Melissa Frampton, 40, of Cleves, blew 0.369 when Green Township police tested her blood alcohol level Saturday night, according to her citation.

The legal limit to drive in Ohio is 0.08.

Frampton told police, according to an incident report, that “she drank two bottles of wine to deal with the stress of having a large group of teenagers at her home that day.”

When police asked her to perform field sobriety tests such as standing on one leg or walking and turning, she told officers, “I would fail them all,” the report states.

Someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.31 and up can become comatose and/or die from acute alcohol poisoning.

Police took Frampton into custody at the scene of the crash on Haft Road in Green Township just after 6 p.m

She lost control of her blue 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan and it ran off the road and struck a guardrail, according to the crash report.

Frampton was charged with five counts of child endangering and two counts of OVI, including one for being 0.17 or more over the legal limit of 0.08. She also was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

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She was held without bond at the Hamilton County jail for the rest of the weekend. She was released on her own recognizance when she appeared Monday morning before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory.

This is Frampton’s first OVI offense, according to her ticket.

She will return to court for a Feb. 2 pretrial hearing before Judge Heather Russell.

Green Township police said they found Frampton sitting down in the front yard of a home next to the crash site.

Frampton was surrounded by a group of female juveniles who were in the car at the time of the crash, including her daughter, according to the report.

Frampton told officers a vehicle came up the hill in her lane, causing her to swerve left, cross the center line and strike a guardrail on the left side of the road. She handed police her keys without the officer having to request them, admitted she was driving, what happened and that she had been drinking.

She was slurring her words and was not clear at first that a red car had run her off the road, until her daughter spoke for her, the report states.

Frampton also swayed heavily, repeatedly stumbled, was unable to provide her driver’s license despite repeated requests and became distracted by her juvenile passengers, telling them to “hang tight,” the incident report states.

“When she spoke I could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage from her face that grew stronger each time she spoke,” police wrote in the report. “Her eyelids appeared droopy and her eyes were watery and bloodshot. I asked her what she had to drink and she answered with an expletive that she had been drinking.

She told police she had “’Two glasses of wine,’ which she immediately followed with, ‘you cannot tell my husband, I’m a recovering alcoholic.’ She repeated this multiple times throughout our contact together,” police wrote.

She asked, “if she was being put in jail for this.....Moments later she stated, ‘I am not drunk, I feel like I am intoxicated, yes’,” according to the report.

Frampton became upset at the police department, repeated herself and asked questions multiple times, the report shows, telling officers as she was read her Miranda rights, “I was drunk, I had five kids in my car.”

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