Elena Ford, director of global marketing, sales and service operations for the Ford Motor Company was arrested Sunday night for driving while intoxicated and child endangerment.
The great-great granddaughter of Henry Ford and the granddaughter of Henry Ford II was pulled over Sunday night while driving a 2011 Ford Explorer on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Michigan.
According to a report by the Ferdale police, Ford’s sport utility vehicle was traveling about 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone when it jumped a curb, traveled on the median and then swerved back into traffic.
Police said Ms Ford, 44, was pulled over and failed a sobriety test before being arrested. She was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and with child endangerment. Elena Ford’s blood alcohol level was 0.14 percent.
The officer who arrested Ford wrote: ‘The Explorer was not able to maintain a steady track in the lane and swerved from side to side.
‘When Elena rolled the driver’s window down I smelled a very strong odour of intoxicants. I saw that her eyes were glassy and watery and that her face was flushed red.
‘I asked Elena how much she had to drink. Elena said, “I had two drinks.”’
Her 11-year-old son was in the car, police said.
Ford was expected to appear in court yesterday on operating while intoxicated and child endangerment charges. But Flood waived her right to the arraignment on her behalf and told reporters Ford would not be in court until a pre-trial conference April 21.
She is the daughter of Charlotte M. Ford, who is the daughter of Henry Ford II, who took over as head of the automaker from his grandfather Henry Ford in 1945. Henry Ford II served as chief executive of Ford Motor from 1945 until 1979, and died in 1987.