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Negligent mother arrested for OVI, threatening police

A mother who reportedly left her young daughter at a friend’s house and fled out a back bedroom window so she could go to the bar was arrested on charges of drunk driving and persistent disorderly conduct early Sunday morning.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department report Ashley Huizenga Shoffner, 25, of 513 N. Detroit St., was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license following a traffic stop that occurred about 3:40 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of west Columbus Avenue.

Police had been in contact with the suspect’s friend Amanda Cox, of 547 E. Columbus Ave., Apt. 6, who first reported about 1:30 a.m. the suspect and her two-year-old daughter had gone to her residence and then the suspect left unannounced through a rear bedroom window. Ms. Cox said she would care for the child overnight, and that she suspected her friend had gone to Moore’s Cafe, 111 S. Detroit St.

Officers located the suspect at the bar, and she told them her daughter had been with another relative all day. She reportedly told police that the child’s father — against whom she’s filed an order of protection — must have taken the girl.

A while later, Ms. Cox contacted police and told them Ms. Shoffner had been at her residence demanding her child, but had just left.

Police reported observing the suspect traveling westbound on east Columbus Avenue. She was speeding, and officers initiated the traffic stop. The suspect’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and her speech was slurred. She refused any field sobriety tests and was arrested.

At the police department, the suspect became increasingly combative with officers. She threatened them and called them profane names. The suspect banged her head against glass and at one point removed her pants and threatened to urinate on the floor if she wasn’t taken to the bathroom, police report.

She cried at various points and reportedly blamed police for ruining her life. Ms. Huizenga was eventually lodged in Logan County Jail.

This is the suspect’s second OVI offense, police report.

The case was forwarded to prosecutors, who may charge her with child endangering for leaving her child.

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