Brunswick woman arrested in Freeport for allegedly driving drunk with child in car

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FREEPORT — A Brunswick woman was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 11, for allegedly driving drunk with one child in the car as she headed to pick up her other children from day care.

Police said she struck two vehicles in separate areas of town before she was arrested.

Heather Bowman, 39, was charged with operating under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child and leaving the scene of a property damage crash.

Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Brunswick police were directed by Freeport police to a call on Pettengill Road, where a witness had blocked Bowman’s Toyota Sienna, preventing it from leaving the dead-end road, Brunswick police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said.

The witness had phoned police as he followed Bowman, reporting that she was driving erratically along Pleasant Hill Road toward Brunswick before turning around and heading back toward Freeport and then up Pettengill Road, according to Hagan.

“Before we got there, the suspect had hit the witness’ vehicle,” Hagan said. “The witness ended up getting out of his vehicle and reaching in and getting the keys from the (suspect).”

Just before 3 p.m., Bowman allegedly drove over a curb and struck the rear of a parked 2012 Hyundai sport utility vehicle at Bow Street Market in Freeport before exiting the parking lot and heading east on Bow Street.

The driver of the SUV, who was in the car at the time of the collision, gave police the description and license plate of Bowman’s car, according to Freeport police Lt. Susan Nourse.

Bowman allegedly told Brunswick officers that she was on the way to pick up her other children at day care.

She was released on unsecured bail from the Brunswick police station and is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Oct. 6. The child was released to her grandmother, Hagan said.

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