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Austin, MN mother arrested for DWI at school

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald –

A 40-year-old Austin mother was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk to pick up her son from school.

Police arrested Gina Mason, of Austin, after they received an anonymous tip that she was on her way to pick up her son from Woodson Kindergarten Center while intoxicated. According to Police Chief Brian Krueger, officers found Mason walking out of Woodson Elementary School and toward a green Ford Escort with her son around 2:30 p.m.

An officer spoke with Mason, and she denied being intoxicated. The officer noticed she had bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. Mason failed field sobriety tests, and her preliminary breath test indicated her blood alcohol content was more than the legal limit, Krueger said.

Police arrested Mason before she drove with her son in the car.

She will likely be charged with third-degree DWI, according to Krueger.

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