South Williamsport mother accused of 2nd DUI with children in Jeep

For the second time this year, a South Williamsport woman had been charged with allegedly driving drunk while her two daughters were in the vehicle, according to borough police.

Annette M. Wells, 43, of 1556 Riverside Drive, had a blood-alcohol content level of .14 when she was driving her 1996 Jeep Cherokee on the afternoon of Sept. 26, police said.

In the vehicle were her two children whom she had picked up minutes earlier at school, police said.

After Wells left the school, an officer spotted the Cherokee, which failed to come to a complete stop for a stop sign at West Southern Avenue and Beech Street. The officer approached Wells as she was attempting to park the vehicle near her home.

“I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and her eyes were bloodshot. Her speech was slurred,” the officer said.

Jailed since early last month, following a bail revocation hearing, Wells faces charges of endangering the welfare of children and driving under the influence of intoxicants. She remains in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of an additional $10,000 bail.

An almost identical situation occurred when Wells was found to have a blood-alcohol content level of .20 when she picked up her children at school one afternoon in early January, police said.