Portage mom egged cars while driving impaired: Police
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent April 5, 2013 4:52PM
Updated: May 7, 2013 6:09AM
PORTAGE — A Portage mom is accused of blaming her 8-year-old son for vandalism she committed.
Tarian Hepner, 27, allegedly took several young children with her when she threw eggs at vehicles in their neighborhood Thursday night and nearly drove over one of their owners, according to a police report.
She also allegedly was driving impaired with a 5-year-old and two, 2-year-old children in the back seat when police arrested her at 10:10 p.m. at Clem Road and Hickory Street.
The 5-year-old, with her father’s permission to speak with officers, said that before picking up her father from work, “Mommy threw eggs at someone’s cars,” according to the police report.
Hepner is charged with felony impaired driving with a child in the vehicle, felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges including false reporting and criminal recklessness.
About 9:45 p.m. Thursday, a couple living in the 2500 block of McCool Road reported someone had scratched their vehicles — a 2002 Dodge Caravan and a 2006 Chevrolet Impala — and vandalized them with raw eggs. The victims told police they saw Hepner in their yard just before they discovered the damage, and as she left in a silver van, she nearly ran the man over when he stepped into the street to stop her. They said Hepner was upset because they owe her $600.
Hepner’s version of the events was that she was looking for her dog when her son threw the eggs, but she did not know who scratched the vehicles.
She failed field sobriety tests but said she had consumed only her prescribed medications, according to the arrest report.