A 46-year-old mother who allegedly drove over her young son in a Ralphs supermarket parking lot in Glendale over the weekend is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time, police said Wednesday.
Sharla Joseph was leaving the grocery store at 1200 N. Central Ave. around 5 p.m. Saturday when she started arguing with her two sons over their behavior, according to a Glendale Police Department news release.
Joseph allegedly threatened to leave the two boys behind and got into the car, locking the boys out. She started the engine while the they clung to the doors, the release stated.
She began backing out of the spot, and the 7-year-old fell to the ground. The car subsequently ran over his thigh, leaving the little boy severely bruised but with no significant injuries, police said.
He was taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment.
“You could see the tread marks of the tire over his thigh,”Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The other son, age 5, was uninjured in the incident.
Officers responded to the parking lot and made the mother take a field sobriety after allegedly smelling alcohol on her breath. She performed “poorly” on the test and refused a chemical one, the release said.
Police obtained a search warrant for blood samples, which were taken later a local hospital, according to the release.
Joseph was arrested around 5:45 p.m. and booked at the Glendale Police Department later that night, according to jail records.
She was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with one felony county of DUI involving injury and two counts of child endangerment, the release stated.
Joseph is being held on $200,000 bail, the inmate record indicated. She is scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday.