Police: Cape Coral woman faces DUI charge; child, drugs in vehicle
A Cape Coral woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police say she was driving while intoxicated with a child and drugs in the car.
Tiffany Hopper, 34, is facing charges of DUI with a person under 18 in vehicle, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police responded to a call about a reckless driver heading west on Veterans Parkway at around 4:10 p.m. An officer behind Hopper’s SUV in the left turn lane at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard said the SUV sat through a cycle of lights without moving, so he conducted a traffic stop.
As the officer approached the car, Hopper appeared to be unconscious, according to the report, so the officer knocked on the window. A child in a car seat was seen behind the driver’s seat. Hopper got out of the car and appeared to be confused, unsteady and had difficulty staying awake, the report states.
“Hopper was asked to complete field sobriety exercises, which she did. At the completion, she was arrested for DUI. After Hopper’s breath test was .000, a Drug Influence Evaluation was completed. The evaluation revealed that Hopper was impaired to the point that she could not operate a vehicle safely,” CCPD said.
Police say a book bag found on the front passenger seat contained drug paraphernalia (used needles), heroin, and methamphetamine.
The Department of Children and Families was also contacted.
Hopper has since been released from the Lee County Jail.