Gina Suliveras, a Windham resident, registered nurse and mother of three, was arrested and charged with DWI and other offenses on Tuesday, October 3, while her children sat in their mother's parked vehicle.
The 39-year-old woman was in a gym parking lot on Pelham Road in Salem, arguing with another resident, when police arrived on the scene. The police conducted sobriety tests, which Suliveras allegedly failed, and took the mother into custody. They reported that she had fallen trying to exit her car.
According to the authorities, the children, who are four, six and nine years old, said that a relative was already on her way to pick them up and handed over an open bottle of wine, saying that it was "why Mommy is so sleepy."
Police have told several newspapers that the Salem mother was "belligerent" in her dealings with police both before and after she was arrested, and that she verbally abused several officers on the scene and at the local station. They have charged Suliveras with aggravated DWI, criminal threatening, endangering her children and violating the open container law. Police have also notified social services of the incident.
Suliveras was released on $500 personal recognizance bail. A court date has not been set in the case. However, if she is convicted, due to the aggravated nature of the DWI, Suliveras could face prison time.
If you or a loved one has been accused of DWI in the Granite State, an experienced New Hampshire DWI attorney may be able to help. These professionals can evaluate your case, defend you in court and help ensure that you receive a fair trial.