Clarksville mom speaks out after DUI, child neglect charges - WKRN News 2

Clarksville mom speaks out after DUI, child neglect charges

Posted: Updated: Feb 15, 2013 02:01 AM CST
Melissa Karcher, 26, is charged with DUI, two counts of child neglect, driving on a revoked license and drug possession without prescription. Melissa Karcher, 26, is charged with DUI, two counts of child neglect, driving on a revoked license and drug possession without prescription.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

A Clarksville mother of two is speaking out after police say they found her intoxicated behind the wheel with two kids in the backseat early Wednesday morning.

Melissa Karcher, 26, showed Nashville's News 2 marks on her wrists she said are from handcuffs.

She was arrested Wednesday morning at McDonald's on Ft. Campbell Boulevard in Clarksville after a drive-through employee alerted police that Karcher "seemed inebriated".

Karcher was charged with DUI, two counts of child neglect, driving on a revoked license, and drug possession without prescription.

Her mother and two children, a nine-year old girl and two-month old boy, were also in the vehicle.

Karcher told Nashville's News 2 she was just extremely tired.

"I was very tired but I would not have [driven] if I would have thought I was incapable of driving with my kids or my mother in the car," said Karcher.

Clarksville police told Nashville's News 2 Karcher did not smell of alcohol, but she failed field sobriety tests.

"[She] seemed to have difficulty with coordination," Public Information Officer Jim Knoll, said, adding, "[she] was falling asleep and having difficulty following commands."

Karcher maintained she doesn't drink, and denied being on drugs.

Police found two blue pills stashed in Karcher's sock when she was processed at Clarksville's city jail. The pills were later identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride.

Karcher told Nashville's News 2 she was holding them for a friend.

"He wanted me to hold on to them for him, that way his son wouldn't steal them off him," Karcher said.

Karcher's license was suspended last year after a DUI in Kentucky.

Karcher told Nashville's News 2 she would never do anything to put her kids in danger.

"They mean everything to me, I mean, they are my life. I would do anything for them," Karcher said.

Karcher maintained she passed the breath and blood tests, and vowed to fight the charges.

"I took the test, the breathalyzer test and the blood test," Karcher said, "They both came back that I passed."

Clarksville police told Nashville's News 2 the field sobriety tests said differently.

"She didn't pass the [field] sobriety test so that's what we have to go by. Her ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired," said Knoll.

DCS agents visited Karcher's home Thursday.

Karcher was released on a $9,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for February 21.

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