Latikka Talbott

Woman accused of driving drunk in Clark County with 2 kids in car

A Dayton woman has been charged with endangering children after state troopers alleged she was drinking and driving in Clark County with two children in the car.

Latikka Talbott, 30, was arrested in late April on I-70 west and pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Ohio State Highway State Patrol Trooper John McLeod wrote in an affidavit that his investigation started when someone reported a white Dodge Charger weaving and almost striking a guard rail.

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“I went to the area and found the vehicle sitting on the right berm,” McLeod says in the report. “I activated my pursuit lights behind the vehicle to check on the occupants.”

McLeod said Talbott got out of the car and approached his cruiser when he stopped. He alleged he saw signs that she was intoxicated almost immediately.

“I asked her if she was OK, as she started talking to me,” McLeod says in the report. “I could right away smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Her movement were slow and lethargic as she started stating she pulled to the side to talk to her ex-husband.”

Talbott failed a sobriety test, McLeod said. After arresting her, the trooper went to the car and found an 8-year-old and the 1-year-old inside. The 1-year-old was in a car seat, but wasn’t buckled in properly, McLeod said.

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