Onalaska PD officer arrests woman for DWI with child after she drives off road, gets stuck

Ashley Kilian (Source: Polk County Jail)
Ashley Kilian (Source: Polk County Jail)

ONALASKA, TX (KTRE) - An Onalaska Police officer arrested a 25-year-old League City woman after she allegedly drove off the road and got stuck in the mud with 2-year-old boy sitting in the front seat and failed several field sobriety tests.

Ashley Nicole Kilian is still being held in the Polk County Jail on two state-jail felony charges abandoning or endangering a child and driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the car. Collectively, her bail has been set at $10,000.

According to the arrest warrant, a Polk County justice of the peace sent a public service message to an Onalaska PD sergeant about a vehicle that had left the roadway, gone into the woods, and gotten stuck in the mud. When the officer got to Huckleberry Drive, he found a motorist in a blue SUV trying to drive out of the ditch.

The Onalaska PD officer made contact with the driver, who was later identified as Kilian, and she told him everything was fine. When the officer asked Kilian what had happened, she replied that she didn't know.

The OPD officer told her that it looked like she failed to negotiate the turn and ran off the roadway into the woods. Kilian allegedly said she didn't run off the road; she was just stuck in the mud.

According to the affidavit, Kilian had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.

"The driver had noticeably slurred speech and was very confused," the affidavit stated.

Kilian allegedly did not know where she was or where she had come from.

The OPD officer noticed a child that was approximately 2 years old in the front passenger seat. The boy was not restrained by a safety belt or a car seat, and he had a read mark across his forehead that indicated the child had struck his head during the incident.

According to the affidavit, the sergeant noticed three open containers of beer in the front driver's seat, center console, and passenger seat.

The affidavit stated that when Kilian picked up the child and started to walk to the front of the OPD officer's patrol unit, she fell to the ground. However, the officer managed to break her fall enough that the child wasn't injured, the affidavit stated.

Kilian allegedly told the officer she had consumed two beers and refused to perform a series of field sobriety tests. She also refused to give a blood sample after the officer took her into custody. After a warrant was issued by a Polk County judge, Kilian was taken to Livingston Memorial hospital, where the blood sample was taken.

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