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Bryton Coker charged with child neglect, actual physical control with minor present

Bryton Lincoln Coker, 21, of Sandpoint, Idaho, is accused of driving while drunk and high with her 2-year-old child in the car on Wednesday.

Coker is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony child neglect and Class A misdemeanor actual physical control with a minor present.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a clerk at the Stop and Go at 529 Burdick Expressway West in Minot called police at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday to report that Coker drove off with the gas hose attached to her car.

The responding officer noted that Coker was shaking and picking at herself. The 2-year-old was in the back seat. Coker told police she took the gas hose off and put it in the filler neck in her vehicle. She tried to pay for the gas with a bank card that was declined. She then forgot to use the bank card and drove off with the hose still in the car and it broke off. The damage to the pump was $125.

Coker then failed a field sobriety test. The officer read her her rights and placed her under arrest. Coker told the officer she had driven her child from Idaho on Tuesday to meet her boyfriend in Stanley. Her boyfriend overdosed the previous day and was being treated at Trinity. Coker had driven from Stanley to Minot to pick up her boyfriend. Coker didn’t think she was impaired or that there was anything wrong with having the child along.

Coker denied that she had used methamphetamine, but said she had used marijuana and was tired because she had only slept for four hours the previous day.

She then admitted she wasn’t in shape to care for the child. Neither was her boyfriend, who is not the father of the child. The child was turned over to Ward County Social Services.

The arresting officer took her to the police station for further testing, where Senior Officer Joshua Noyes -who has training in drug recognition – concluded that Coker was under the influence of marijuana and a stimulant. The affidavit notes that methamphetamine is a stimulant.

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