Roswell mom charged with DUI while breastfeeding

A mother was arrested early Friday morning after she passed out in a running car on Barrington Drive in Roswell, police say.

Melissa Rae Tomesh, 35, was allegedly drunk and high when police found her behind the wheel and breastfeeding her nearly 3-year-old child, according to a police report.

A concerned citizen called police about 2:30 a.m., Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland told Channel 2 Action News.

“When the officers arrived they had to wake up the driver,” Holland said. “And after talking to her, they realized she was under the influence of something, possibly drugs or a combination of different medications.”

More upsetting than the apparent driving under the influence charge, officers said, was that Tomesh was breastfeeding.

“You don’t even want to text and drive or be a distracted driver, and here you have a child in your lap breastfeeding,” Holland told Channel 2.

Tomesh is no stranger to Roswell law enforcement. She was arrested in August 2014 on child cruelty charges related to leaving her then 9-month-old in a hot car while she went shopping at a CVS, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Fulton County court records show Tomesh pleaded no contest in 2015 to a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge related to the arrest.

Holland said Tomesh is charged with DUI and child endangerment.

“The child was turned over to a family member, but the Division of Family and Children Services has been notified,” Holland said in an email.

Tomesh was in the Roswell jail Friday afternoon.

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