Mother Arrested for DUI in School Zone After Picking Child Up From School

A mother was arrested for DUI while driving through a school zone after she picked up her 7-year-old child from school Wednesday. 

As part of a campaign to "slow drivers and keep children safe," the Simi Valley Police Traffic Bureau sent four officials to enforce speeds in front of Hillside Middle School Wednesday around 3:05 p.m., Simi Valley police said in a statement.

Christina Politis, 47, was pulled over after a Simi Valley police officer spotted her driving 35 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour school zone, after picking her 7-year-old up from another school, according to police. She was driving past the middle school on her way home when the officer saw she was driving erratically.

After stopping Politis, the officer "observed the signs and symptoms of an alcohol impaired driver," and saw the child sitting in the back seat, Simi Valley police said in a statement. An investigation found her blood alcohol level was over .08 percent, and she was arrested for DUI and child endangerment.

Politis was booked at the Ventura County Jail, and her car was impounded.

The Simi Valley Police Department urged anyone who consumes alcohol, drugs, or both to use a driving service such as a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or to make other arrangements to avoid driving drunk.

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