Driver Charged with DUI, Endangering a Child and Other Offenses After Routine Traffic Stop

A driver was charged with driving under the influence, endangering a child and other offenses after a routine traffic stop in Harrington, police said today.

When officers patrolling U.S. 13 near Midway Shopping Center stopped Helen M. Zerrad, 36, of Felton, on Jan. 31 for failing to obey a traffic device, Harrington Police Lt. Earl K. Brode said, β€œshe appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.”

The officers also found a 13-year-old on the floor of the back seat area, he said.

Zerrad was given field sobriety tests and taken to Milford Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn for further testing, Brode said.

She then was taken to Harrington Police Department, where she was charged – in addition to the traffic violation – with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child while driving under the influence, failure to carry proof of insurance and failure to have motor vehicle occupants in seating positions and using proper restraints.

She was arraigned by video through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Lewes and released on $1,701 unsecured bail.