VIDEO: kids witness mother’s DWI arrest

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police body camera video shows officers arresting an Albuquerque mother accused of driving drunk with her two kids in the car.

The video shows the September 2019 arrest of 32-year-old Angela Loerwald, who was contacted by Albuquerque Police officers at a convenience store in the Northeast Heights. Loerwald was eventually charged with aggravated DWI and children endangerment. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On the night of Loerwald’s arrest, police responded after receiving a 911 call from the store.

“She couldn’t even walk straight. I was like, somethings going on,” a witness told Albuquerque Police.

Shortly after Loerwald exited the store, that same witness heard a car in the parking lot repeatedly honking its horn.

“And all I hear is just nonstop honking, honking, honking,” the witness said. “And there’s two kids (in the car) and this girl’s slumped on the steering wheel.”

As police investigated, Loerwald’s young children volunteered information to officers, who were trying to explain what was going on.

“It sounds like your mom was drinking alcohol, okay? And when people drink alcohol,” the officer said to the kids.

Before the officer could finish his sentence, one of Loerwald’s children grabbed a bottle of alcohol from the front seat, asking the officer if it was alcohol.

Police say Loerwald smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Officer eventually arrested Loerwald. The children were picked up by their father.

Loerwald does not have a criminal history. Her attorney says they look forward to trying the case in court and clearing her good name.

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