Girl, 4, left in car outside bar leads to Monte Rio mom's arrest

A Monte Rio woman who called 911 from a bar after finding her 4-year-old daughter was no longer waiting for her in their car was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Friday, the CHP said.

Miriam Spedden, 38, was believed to be intoxicated when she drove to a Guerneville bar with the youngster, left her in the parked car and went inside, authorities said.

At some point she realized the girl — later found with relatives — was missing, and she called 911, resulting in her own arrest, the CHP said.

In a similar case, Windsor resident Desmond Ervin, 47, was stopped on northbound Highway 101 near Healdsburg at 8:30 p.m. Thursday after an officer clocked him driving 106 mph with a 2-year-old child in the car, authorities said.

Ervin was arrested on suspicion of DUI and suspected child endangerment, the CHP said. He posted $25,000 bail and was released from the Sonoma County Jail early Friday, jail personnel said.

Spedden was booked for suspected drunken driving and posted bond for $5,000 bail.


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