Woman had kids in car when allegedly driving drunk, causing accident

A Burnsville woman is accused of being legally drunk and causing an accident while driving with five children in her car near Echo Park Elementary School in Burnsville the morning of Sept. 27.

One of the children, a 7-year-old girl, suffered a contusion to her face.

Amy Yvonne Mullin, 31, faces gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm, and two gross misdemeanor charges of third-degree driving while impaired.

Mullin’s blood alcohol concentration was .175 after a preliminary breath test and .15 when she gave a breath sample within two hours of the accident, according to the criminal complaint. The legal limit for driving is .08.

Mullin allegedly caused the two-vehicle accident at about 10:40 a.m. According to the complaint, a man was driving east on Evergreen Drive with his 5-year-old grandson in the back seat when Mullin’s vehicle “turned right in front of him.” The grandson wasn’t injured.

A police officer who questioned Mullin said he smelled alcohol and said she had glassy, bloodshot eyes and “was having difficulty tracking the conversation,” the complaint said.

She initially said she had four children in the car – ages 9 months, 2, 4 and 5. While she was being questioned, another adult came over with a fifth child, age 7, the complaint said. Mullin then admitted the girl had also been in the car, it said.

Mullin said she initially lied about the number of children in the car “because she knew the children had not been properly buckled in,” the complaint said.
“She explained that the 7-year-old and 5-year-old had been buckled in together in the front seat at the time of the accident.”

The 7-year-old’s contusion was treated with an ice pack.

Under officer questioning, Mullin initially failed to properly recite the alphabet, though she did on her second try, the complaint said.

— John Gessner