Woman faces DUI, other charges; police say 2 young children were in the vehicle

Posted at 3:25 PM, Feb 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-16 17:25:31-05

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – A woman faces several charges after she allegedly hit a parked car while driving under the influence with two children, ages 2 and 5, inside the vehicle.

Police received calls from witnesses Saturday about 8:00 p.m., who told them they saw a vehicle hit a parked car near 1300 East Fort Union Blvd. and then continue on.

According to a probable cause statement, the driver of the vehicle, a white Pontiac Sunfire, was 25-year-old Trina L. Armijo.

The witness told police they followed the vehicle, and they reported the vehicle was swerving in and out of lanes.

According to the probable cause statement, an officer observed the vehicle stopped near 7632 South Coachman Circle, at which point the driver turned the vehicle off and exited. The officer stated in the document the woman was slurring her speech and had a hard time walking.

Armijo denied being in an accident, “even though there was fresh damage to her vehicle in the area described by the witnesses,” the document stated. “Trina also denied being in the area of the reported incident.”

Officer Randy Maurer of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department said Armijo faces charges that include DUI with passengers under 16, no proof of insurance and possession of a controlled substance—reported to be a generic version of Xanax, which is a benzodiazepine.

An officer said in the probable cause statement that the bottle containing the pills was marked with Armijo’s husband’s name, and Armijo stated she had them because her husband is in jail and would need the pills when he was released. The prescription had been filled earlier that day, and though the label indicated there were 60 pills inside, there were only 42 pills in the bottle.

Police also said Armijo had never obtained a Driver’s license.