A Sheffield Village babysitter who drove into a construction area on Lake Road with three young children in the car is to appear today in Rocky River Municipal Court on charges including driving under the influence and endangering children.

Sharon Kessel, 59, could face additional charges pending results of a urinalysis conducted after the accident, police said. She was taken to Avon Cleveland Clinic for evaluation following the accident July 16 in Bay Village. The three girls she was babysitting, ages 2, 4 and 6, who are not related to her, were unharmed, police said.

Police were called at 1:11 p.m. about a car going through barricades where work on a new Lake Road bridge is being done. When officers arrived, Kessler could not explain why she drove into the construction area.

“She went through the open area where the construction vehicles go in and out of the work zone,” said Lt. Calvin Holliday of the Bay Village Police Department. “The area is clearly marked ‘Road Closed,’ so she should have known not to go in there.”

Kessel apparently did not do any damage to the construction site, but the car ended up on an unfinished portion of the road with its wheels slightly over the edge, Holliday said. The car had minor damage and was towed from the scene, Holliday said. None of the construction workers at the site were injured.

“When officers spoke to her, she was clearly under the influence, so we contacted the mother of the children, who came to the scene and got the children,” Holliday said.

The woman was having problems answering questions from police and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests, then was sent to the hospital for evaluation, Holliday said.

Kessel’s attorney did not return a phone call for comment.

Holliday said the department has had no prior incidents involving Kessel. Lorain and Cuyahoga county court records do not show any prior incidents involving her as a babysitter.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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