FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sgt. Brian McGregor
Office: (504) 712-2252
Date: January 10, 2011
woman booked with second DWI within 3 months and child
Kenner - A Kenner woman has been arrested
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
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
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
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
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
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.