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Contact:  Sgt. Brian McGregor


Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:      January 10, 2011

Kenner woman booked with second DWI within 3 months and child endangerment

Kenner - A Kenner woman has been arrested and  charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, child endangerment, child desertion, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, child restraint required, open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, and suspended drivers license previous offenses.  On Saturday, January 8, 2010, Melissa Ibarra, 23, who provided a home address of 1636 Newport Place, Kenner, was arrested after she was identified as the person who left her 33 month old child inside a vehicle parked outside Taqueria Sanchez, located at 920 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, a location which has experienced a large volume of complaints.  Ibarra left her child inside the vehicle while she entered the ABO to purchase and consume alcohol.  The child who was unrestrained was located in the vehicle after witnesses could hear the child screaming, crying, and beating on the vehicles window. 

Ibarra exited the ABO after she was paged inside the business.  She exited the business, entered her vehicle and drove off with the child unrestrained in her vehicle.  Witnesses and security guards outside the ABO followed Ibarra and boxed her vehicle in, in the 2000 block of Williams Boulevard, at which time police were notified of the incident. 

Officers responding to the location interviewed Ibarra who appeared intoxicated (blood shot eyes, slurred speech, etc).  Ibarra failed a standard field sobriety test (SFST) and was arrested.  At the Kenner Police Department Ibarra refused to submit to a chemical breath test. 

Ibarra has a previous DWI arrest.  She was arrested on October 28, 2010, by Louisiana State Police at I-10 and Transcontinental in Metairie.  After failing a field sobriety test, Ibarra submitted to a chemical breath test which revealed she was more than twice the legal limit (.17).  Those charges are pending.

Ibarra’s 33 month old child was placed in protective custody and released to a guardian.  The Office of Community Services Child Protection was notified of the incident.    At the time of this press release, Ibarra has been released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.  Her bond was $16,400.00.   

Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident to call the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 821-2222. 

Officer David Gross is in charge of the investigations.