Mom gets DUI just after dropping off child at school

Woman also charged with child endangering.
Cary Ashby
Jan 17, 2014


An Oxford Township mother has entered "not guilty" pleas to an allegation she was intoxicated when she dropped her child off at school.

Tina M. Coan, 43, of 4813 Delematre Road, is charged with one count each of child endangering and driving under the influence. A clerk with Sandusky Municipal Court said Coan entered "not guilty" pleas to both charges Friday and has a trial scheduled for March 14.

The misdemeanors are in connection with an incident Monday.

A Perkins Township police officer stopped Coan, whom he saw pull out of the Perkins High School parking lot, on Patten Tract Road after her vehicle went out of its lane several times, according to a police report.

Coan was lethargic and uncoordinated during the traffic stop and failed field sobriety tests, an officer said in the report.

When questioned about her prescriptions, the suspect said she only had one for anti-depressants, but officers later determined she had two more prescriptions for pain pills and patches, police said.

She was released later to a friend.

Coan submitted a urine sample, according to court records, but the results are pending. The court clerk said Friday the defendant isn't being represented by an attorney.



Did she fail a breath test?
We all know Perkins police do everything by the book (NOT).The story leaves open a lot of room for assumption. I would hope the rejector at least runs the whole story later with facts from both sides.

J Cooper

Did you read the article, she took a test, in this case a urine test, they clearly have probable cause and articulate suspicion to indicate prescription drug abuse, and impairment from them.


Apparently not the way I should have. Stupid human errors.


If she is "intoxicated" with prescription drugs, a breath test is not going to be much help. She would need a urine or blood test.


Apparently not the way I should have. Stupid human errors

Good 2 B Me

Perkins High School lot on Patten Tract?


Obviously she did not heed the warning label on the prescription bottles: Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before driving, operating machinery or doing any other jobs which could be dangerous if you were not fully alert.