Pierre Woman Arrested On Drunk Driving, Child Abuse And Officer Assault Charges

A Pierre woman is arrested on multiple charges following an incident Monday afternoon. Pierre police were called to the 1900 block of Kennedy Drive around 3:40 PM to conduct a welfare check on two small children possibly in the care of an intoxicated parent. Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones says officers made contact with the individual reported to police as she was driving into an apartment parking lot and approached the vehicle to conduct the welfare check. Officers observed two young children in the vehicle and signs the driver of the car had been drinking alcohol. As officers continued their investigation, the female driver became upset and started to swing with her arm at an officer. Police identified the driver as 32 year-old Cynthia Pickner. Pickner is facing charges of Second Offense Driving while Intoxicated, Simple Assault against Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest and Abuse and Neglect of a Child. Pickner was transported to the Hughes County Jail. Jones says a safety plan was developed for follow up care of the children.