Drunken mom drove wrong way on I-275 with young son in car, Hamilton County sheriff's deputy says

Posted at 12:57 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 19:44:09-04

SYMMES TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A mother was driving drunk with her son in the car when a sheriff's deputy stopped her going the wrong way on Interstate 275 late Monday, according to court records.

Hillary Madison Kendrick, 24, of Winchester, Kentucky had a blood-alcohol content of 0.229, an affidavit states. That's nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

Kendrick's 1-year-old son was in the car "while she was consuming alcohol and driving" at about 10:30 p.m., court records state.

A man told a 911 operator the car had gone the wrong way down a ramp from Montgomery Road.

"All I could see was the headlights, and I was blowing the horn and stuff, but (she) kept pulling out on the road, and all I saw in the rearview mirror is (she's) going the wrong way on the freeway," the caller said.

A Hamilton County deputy stopped Kendrick as she went east on westbound I-275 in a Honda Accord, according to a traffic ticket.

"If she's traveling the wrong way on the highway, you run a risk of a head-on collision," said Cpl. Jerry Brandhorst, with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Traffic Unit. "Vehicles that are going the speed limit are at 65 mph. I don't know what her speed was, but a head-on collision at that speed can be fatal."

Kendrick is charged with endangering children, operating a vehicle under the influence and driving the wrong way on the highway. WCPO was unable to reach her for comment.