Dee, Velma

Velma Fern Dee, 44

TEMPE (3TV/CBS 5) – A Phoenix mom is facing a charge of aggravated DUI after allegedly driving drunk with her two toddlers in the car.

Officers stopped Velma Fern Dee Saturday night (May 4, 2019) in the area of University and Priest drives in Tempe after responding to a domestic violence situation nearby.

They learned that Dee, 44, left the area with her 1-year-old and 2-year-old children. Police say they were told Dee was intoxicated.

When police stopped Dee, they found two containers of alcohol – one open and half full, one closed -- on the front passenger seat. The kids were both in car seats.

According to the probable cause for arrest statement, Dee “displayed multiple signs of impairment” and “also admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving.”

Dee refused a voluntary blood draw, which means police had to get a search warrant. The results of the blood test were not immediately available.

Dee’s children were turned over to their father and Dee was booked on suspicion of aggravated DUI with a child in the car. That is a felony charge that carries mandatory minimum jail time depending on the offender’s blood alcohol content, even for a first conviction.

Dee was released on her own recognizance and is due in court for a preliminary hearing on May 24.


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Oh but wait! NO No No! There is n alcohol problem here in AZ! Wrong way drivers?? pshhhhh! nothing to see here! Every big city has a wrong way driver EPIDEMIC! If you believe ANY of that, you will be the next victim we all will be reading about, right here.


I'm more concerned with the fact that the DUI laws did not prevent this from happening, AGAIN! Đ@mn it, why aren't these laws working!


This kind of #$%^ infuriates me. DO NOT inflict your issues on your kids, they do not deserve this.


Hey JustSaying, it is bad enough to inflict the bleeping on the kids, how about the hundreds of people she endangered? How many people were killed in AZ over the weekend by idiot moves like this? Oh and the "jail time" she will spend will most likely be two weekend days and one night for a couple of months, with time off for "good behavior" and you can bet she will be drinking on the road again before she gets her DL back.


Absolutely! My BP was on the rise, had to shorten my message, but you speak my mind!


Fire Water ...gets them everytime.. they just can't say no. So sad. Someone porked this dog and had kids with it..even more sad. #TypicalAZ


Guess Firewater is their weakness like let's say uhmm.... underage kids are your people's weakness. Dog? They cant be that unappealing, your great grand daddy's repeadatly raped these beautiful indigenous people.

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