A mother who was arrested after police found the driver of her SUV parked in the driveway of a house was not charged with drunk driving because she did not appear intoxicated when she drove her vehicle into a family in the home’s driveway, according to a police report.
Livia Smith was booked into the Harris County Jail Monday on suspicion of reckless driving and failure to yield the right of way to a vehicle when she was pulled over by a police officer in her SUV on Nov. 1, the report said.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office initially wrote to prosecutors that Smith, 45, of Houston, appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the incident and was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
But the report released Tuesday shows that a dashcam video of the officer’s traffic stop showed Smith driving her SUV in the neighborhood and then slowing down to let a family pass through the intersection, according of the report.
Smith allegedly pulled over the family’s vehicle, which was parked in a driveway and a driveway-adjacent street, according the report, which said the officer asked her if she was a police or sheriff’s deputy and she replied, “Yes, I am.”
She then left the scene without responding to the officer or asking for her identification.
When the family went to retrieve their car, Smith drove off the road, the sheriff’s report said, and failed to make any attempts to stop at a stop sign before hitting a tree and a house.
The deputy was able to locate the vehicle, and after checking the license plate, found it to be a 2014 Toyota Tacoma.
She reported the vehicle to police, who issued a warrant for Smith’s arrest on suspicion that she had no valid license plate.
Police found Smith’s license plate in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle and a note that read “Stop to check the plates” in the window, according, the document.
Smith was arrested, booked and released on $20,000 bond, according with the Harris Center for Investigative Reporting.