Lufkin woman accused of driving drunk with child, being uncooperative

Tycia Rodgers mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Tycia Rodgers mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a woman who they say was caught driving drunk with a child passenger, then being extremely uncooperative during the investigation process.

According to the arrest report, an officer was patrolling around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a white Cadillac traveling fast and turn from Keltys Drive and onto Abney Avenue. The officer reported the driver ignored a red light on the intersection of Abney Avenue and Raguet Drive, then speed away toward Frank Avenue.

The officer stopped the Cadillac and the driver, Tycia Annette Rodgers, 46, of Lufkin, got out and stumbled to the rear of the vehicle, according to the report. The officer noted that Rodgers showed several signs of drunkenness and smelled like alcohol.

Rodgers failed the roadside sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, as she had a 12-year-old child in the passenger seat, according to the report.

Rodgers refused to give a sample of her breath or blood, so the officer obtained a search warrant for her blood, while the child was released to the custody of a family member, according to the report.

While at the hospital, the report states Rodgers "became combative" and had to be held on the bed so blood could be collected. Rodgers tried to bite the finger of one of the officers but her teeth only raked across the officer's hand, according to the report.

When Rodgers was taken to the Angelina County Jail, she refused to provide her identifying information, at one point telling an officer "figure it out" and that he was going to die, according to the report.

Rodgers is charged with DWI with a child passenger and resisting arrest. A bond for her release has not yet been set.

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