This week, the Maryland State Police announced that it had arrested and charged a Baltimore City woman twice for DUI within twenty minutes. The defendant has been identified as 33-year-old Stephanie Ringgold of Baltimore City. She was charged twice with similar charges on Saturday, August 11, 2018. In both incidents, the defendant was charged with DWI, DUI, driving under the influence per se and several other traffic charges related to the traffic stops.
During the first stop, authorities found a 4-year-old, a 6-month-old and another adult in the vehicle with Ringgold. As a result, Ringgold has also been charged with DUI while transporting a minor and DUI per se while transporting a minor. Both charges will carry stiffer penalties. A short time after midnight on August 11, 2018, a trooper patrolling the JFK Highway Barrack observed a gray Dodge Charger exceeding the posted speed limit and passing a vehicle on the shoulder.
The vehicle was stopped. The driver, Ringgold, displayed signs of impairment. Ringgold was ultimately arrested and transported to the Baltimore County Police Department. She was processed and released to a sober driver. Less than 20 minutes later, the same trooper was back on patrol. This time, the trooper observed Ringgold arrive back at her vehicle, get into the driver’s seat and drive away. Before being released from jail, Ringgold was advised that she would not be allowed to drive for 12 hours. The officer stopped her and arrested her again.
As a result of the second arrest, Ringgold was charged with DWI, DUI and DUI per se once again. She was also charged with driving a motor vehicle within 12 hours after a DUI arrested. A court date for the defendant has not yet been set. The full press release can be found here.