Detroit Metro Airport police, who patrol all corners of the airport, saw a battered Buick sitting at the south employee parking lot gate early Saturday morning off of Eureka Road with a woman behind the wheel.
The car was sitting there with flashers on shortly after midnight. When an officer went to check out the car, it slipped down eastbound Eureka Road. The officer called in the plate and found it was expired, so he stopped the car.
He said he smelled alcohol but noticed something more worry-some. His report reads, "I noted a small child in the back seat of the vehicle and the child was not in a eat, nor was there and appropriate child seat in the car. I inquired as to the age of the child and she stated he was around 1 year old."
The driver is identified as 38-year-old Kelli Whatley, of Detroit. She is the boy's grandmother.
The officer's report continues: "I asked Whatley for her paperwork, she had none (no license, registration or insurance).
As for the smell of alcohol, the officer wrote: "I asked the subject if she had been drinking and she replied, "A couple, but I'm not drunk."
That's when they broke out the breathalyzer. The arrest report shows Whatley registered a .15 blood alcohol level, nearly double the legal limit.
Police impounded her car and towed it away. Family came and took custody of the little boy.
Whatley was released from custody early Saturday morning.
Now, there is another sad twist to this story: It turns out when the airport police did their background check on Whatley it showed she had eight outstanding arrest warrants in Detroit. When airport police asked Detroit if they wanted Whatley held they said no, let her go.