Mom charged with DWI had son naked in car, police say

Kasia Gregorczyk
June 13, 2017 06:15 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- Rio Rancho police say a woman crashed into a pole after driving drunk with a young child in the backseat last week.


"The only thing I saw was when that lady was coming from down that way, she was swerving in and out of the lanes," said John Chavez, who witnessed the crash. "She missed a couple cars."

Chavez lives across the street from the Rio Rancho Motor Vehicle Division on Sabana Grande Avenue where officials report Cori Hill, 39, drove drunk and recklessly on June 4. Witnesses, including Chavez, rushed over to help after Hill hit the pole.

"I was talking with her and her words wouldn’t come out right," Chavez said. "She was loaded. She must have been drinking."

Hill told police she had been drinking for "one week straight" and on that day alone she had consumed "half a box of wine." She didn't say much to witnesses, but she did ask something of them.

"She just said, 'Please don’t call the cops,'" Chavez said.

According to the police report, Hill also had her 3-year-old son in the back seat. The child was naked and not buckled in his seat properly. Witnessed described seeing the child slumped over and screaming after the crash.

Both Hill and her son were transported to UNM Hospital with unknown injuries. Hill was charged with a DWI and child abuse.

Hill posted a $2,000 bond. According to police, her child has been placed in the custody of his father.


Kasia Gregorczyk

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