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Police: Drunk mom tried to pick up child from school

Giselda Xum, Courtesy: Herald-Citizen. Giselda Xum, Courtesy: Herald-Citizen.

A Cookeville mom was arrested after trying to pick her child up from school while intoxicated.

According to the Herald-Citizen, Giselda Xum went to pick up her child at the Jere Whitson Elementary School on Jere Whitson Road in Cookeville Friday, when school officials noticed she smelled of alcohol.

When the school questioned the 31-year-old mother, she fled the scene and left her child at the school.

The school contacted police who spotted Xum's vehicle shortly after.

Police attempted to pull her over and she did not initially stop. Xum eventually pulled over a few streets away.

Upon confronting Xum, the officer said she appeared to be intoxicated, was unsteady on her feet and had red, watery eyes.  The officer discovered another child inside the vehicle who was reportedly unrestrained and walking about the car.

Police also found five empty beer cans along with one full beer inside the car.

Xum was taken into custody and faces numerous charges including DUI, reckless endangerment and evading arrest.

She was booked into the Putnam County jail on a $4,000 bond.

The Department of Children's Services was notified and her children are under the care of a relative.

Xum is expected to appear in court September 24.

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