Casper Woman Arrested After Her Daughter Calls Police
Casper police on Friday arrested a woman after her children called police to report her for driving while under the influence.
Dora Lena Romero, 34, was booked on a recommended charge of abandoning or endangering children. She will likely make her initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court at 2 p.m. Monday.
According to court documents, an officer responded to 1751 Hyview shortly before 4:30 p.m. after Romero's adult daughter called to report that Romero drove home while intoxicated and was wanted by authorities in another county.
The affidavit says Romero was on probation for DUI, and had a warrant out of Laramie County for failure to pay child support as well as a suspended driver's license.
Romero lived in the house with her fiancé and 11-year-old daughter, while Romero's adult daughter lived in the basement with her boyfriend and biological child.
Romero had heard her daughter on the phone with police, became emotional and left the house on foot.
Everyone else at the house told the officer that Romero would drive while intoxicated on a regular basis, including driving the 11-year-old to school. The older sister usually cared for the 11-year-old because Romero's fiancé worked often and Romero was "constantly intoxicated."
Romero "also had a history of pawning items in the house and stealing money from [her fiancé] to pay for her alcohol."
On Thursday, Romero reportedly started drinking around 8 a.m. and continued to drink throughout the day. When the children returned home from school, they found Romero's vehicle parked "almost sideways" in the driveway.
Romero allegedly admitted to the children that she drove while intoxicated, and the adult daughter decided she was "fed up with her mother driving drunk and acting the way she always did," so she called police.
Romero's fiancé, when contacted by police, returned home immediately. The 11-year-old was taken into protective custody, and the Wyoming Department of Family Services was called.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Romero returned to the house. She was obviously intoxicated, according to court documents.
Romero was arrested and worked out a safety plan with a DFS employee. Romero was told that, should she be released from jail, she would not be allowed back at the house.
Romero's probation officer told police he would review the case with his supervisor and likely move to revoke Romero's probation.
A portable breath test administered to Romero revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of .237 -- nearly three times the legal limit to drive -- according to charging papers.
Romero's criminal history as included in the affidavit shows she was convicted of DUI with a child passenger in 2016 as well as a probation violation with an original charge of DWUI in 2017, with both charges being out of Converse County.