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Grandmother jailed after DWI wreck with three children inside car

Norma Cisneros Martinez // Harlingen Police Department Photo

A Harlingen woman is facing criminal charges after she allegedly drank alcohol and got into a wreck with three of her grandchildren in the car.

Harlingen police arrested 45-year-old Norma Cisneros Martinez following a Wednesday night accident.

Investigators told Action 4 News that officers were called out to South Commerce Street and South 77 Sunshine Strip after her Nissan Sentra hit a steel light pole.

Officers reported that Martinez appeared intoxicated and had three of her grandchildren inside her car.

Martinez allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken to a local hospital for a mandatory blood draw.

The children were not injured and released to the custody of their mother.

Police charged Martinez with three counts of a DWI with a child passenger.

Martinez remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under $300,000 dollars in bonds.

Court records show that at the time of her arrest on Wednesday, Martinez was serving 10 years probation for intoxication manslaughter.

Action 4 News archives show that Martinez was originally arrested for killing Javier Rendon during a DWI accident off Ed Carey Drive in Harlingen back in May 2007.

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