A Gulf Breeze woman accused of driving under the influence with children in the car was arrested on the heels of another charge of child neglect.
According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest records, Teagan Christensen Champion, 34, of Gulf Breeze was arrested Nov. 13 after allegedly passing out drunk in the McDonald’s drive-thru with her children in the car two months earlier.
During the incident, deputies ran Champion’s record and discovered she had an outstanding arrest warrant from April for allegedly leaving a 4-year-old in an unlocked car in a Walmart parking lot.
In the latest incident, a deputy was called to the McDonald’s in Tiger Point about a suspicious person. A McDonald’s employee advised that she called officers because the woman, identified as Champion, was acting strangely.
The employee said she was concerned for the safety of the woman and children in the car, ages 5 and 12.
When the deputy arrived, Champion was passed out in her vehicle in the drive-thru lane. The deputy observed two children in the back seat.
Champion told the deputy she was tired from work. According to the arrest report, her speech was mumbled and slurred. The deputy asked Champion to step out of the car, but she could not because her car was too close to the McDonald’s building. He advised her to pull away from the building and step out of the vehicle.
Champion then allegedly accelerated the car out of the McDonald’s parking lot, turning westbound on Fordham Parkway and cutting across two store parking lots before nearly striking a tree and stopping. She told the deputy her car has been “acting up” and that she did not intend to leave the McDonald’s parking lot.
The deputy administered a field sobriety test, and Champion showed signs of impairment. The deputy also noted Champion had trouble standing and following instructions. The report described her as unsteady and swaying on her feet.
Champion told another deputy she had not taken anything. A record check on Champion revealed the arrest warrant for the April incident, and she was arrested.
In April, Champion allegedly left a 4-year-old unsupervised in a running car in the parking lot of Walmart in Gulf Breeze. The keys were left in the ignition and the vehicle was unlocked, according to the arrest report. When told she could not leave the child unsupervised, Champion became irate and asked what she was supposed to do, according to the report. It was later discovered Champion had been trespass-warned from the Walmart location. She was charged with child neglect and trespassing.
In the McDonald’s incident, Champion has been charged with felony child neglect and misdemeanor driving under the influence. Champion was booked back into Santa Rosa County Jail on the new charges Nov. 13 on $7,000 bond. She had not been released as of press time.