East Helena woman accused of DUI with children in vehicle

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 19:24:40-04

An East Helena woman accused of driving drunk with three children was charged with criminal child endangerment after being pulled over on Saturday.

Annamaria Maier, 39, could face up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines, if convicted.

According to charging documents, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper pulled Maier over at approximately 1:26 pm Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Other drivers had reported that they had witnessed Maier failing to stay in her lane and was a hazard to other vehicles on Interstate 90, east of Bozeman. Maier was reportedly driving a red truck pulling a gray horse trailer.

The trooper also reportedly observed multiple lane line violations by Maier before pulling her over.

According to court documents, Maier reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot and glassy eyes and appeared tired/confused. With slurred speech, she admitted to hating the vehicle and having a difficult time driving it.

Three children, all under the age of 14 years old, were identified as passengers. Maier stated she hadn’t been drinking, and refused to provide a breath sample.

Judge West set her bail at $5,000, as she has no past criminal history, however Maier was ordered to participate in a 24/7 program with twice a day testing for alcohol consumption. Maier is from Lewis and Clark County, but the testing can also be done there.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 27.