Woman accused of being drunk in court

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman charged with child abuse is accused of showing up for court drunk.

Authorities say 43-year-old Marla Lemer had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for driving. The Bismarck Tribune reports that her Monday court hearing was rescheduled and she was held without bond overnight. She pleaded not guilty to the child abuse charge on Tuesday.

The judge ordered that Lemer undergo twice-daily tests for alcohol use. Prosecutors also have filed a petition to revoke probation in a case in which she was convicted of driving drunk with a child in the vehicle.

In the latest case, Lemer is accused of assaulting her daughter while trying to get the fifth-grade girl to give her money from school raffle ticket sales so she could buy alcohol.