Police: York City woman, twice the legal BAC level, drove with child

  • Police say Nichole Kohler, of York City, drove drunk with her 2-year-old in the car.
  • She is also accused of choking a family member in July.
  • She remains in York County Prison in lieu of $27,500 bail.

A York City woman was arrested last week after she allegedly drove with her 2-year-old while her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Nichole Lynn Kohler, 32, of the 600 block of East Market Street, told police she only had one Four Loko earlier that day, court documents state.

Nichole Kohler

Kohler is charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of a child and driving with a suspended license. 

Kohler also was charged with strangulation after police say she choked a man in July.

DUI: Newberry Township Police responded to the first block of Dunkle Avenue just after 5 p.m. Sept. 14 for a trespassing report, documents state.

Kohler was refusing to leave the address, according to police. She fled the scene before police arrived, charging documents allege.

When police arrived, they discovered there was a warrant for her arrest from July, in which police say she choked a man.


Charging documents state that she left the scene with her 2-year-old son while her license was suspended.

Kohler was found driving south on York Haven Road, and the responding sergeant followed her until she stopped in front of a residence on Locust Avenue, according to police.

She was removing her child from the back seat of her car when the sergeant asked her about what had happened on Dunkle Avenue, documents state. She was then told she had an active warrant for her arrest.

Police say she had a moderate odor of an intoxicating beverage on her and that she had "relaxed inhibitions and was lighthearted and joking."

Kohler allegedly told police she only had one drink, a Four Loko, earlier in the day.

She agreed to do field sobriety tests, which police say showed many clues that would indicate Kohler was too intoxicated to drive safely. During one test, police allege she estimated a passage of time as 30 seconds, in just nine seconds.

Her eyes, according to charging documents, were very red and bloodshot. Kohler did a breath test that determined the amount of alcohol in her system was twice the legal limit of .08, according to police.

Arrangements were made to have a family member take custody of her child, and Kohler was arrested, court documents allege. She then provided a blood sample while at central booking, according to police.

While searching Kohler's driving record, police said, officers found she was arrested for a DUI in November 2009, and her license is suspended.

July charges: After being arrested  Sept. 14, Kohler was  arraigned on charges from July.

In that case, Newberry Township Police were sent to the intersection of Fallsview Avenue and York Haven Road just after 3 p.m. July 13, where, police said, they found a man with blood on both sides of his head.

Blood also was seen running down his right leg, and he had a large bruise under his left eye, which was bloodshot, according to court documents.

He told police that Kohler was driving him back from his medical appointment, and she was mad because the doctor didn't prescribe him enough medication, according to police. 

He said Kohler takes his medication, and she wanted enough for her to have it as well, documents allege.

Police say Kohler turned onto Fallsview Avenue, put the vehicle in park, then got out and walked over to the passenger side, where the man was sitting.

She opened the passenger side door and punched him about four to five times in the face, police allege. Kohler then pulled the man out of the car, threw him on the asphalt and then grabbed him by the throat, court documents state.

The victim was related to Kohler, police said.

She was arraigned on the charges  Sept. 15. As of Sunday, Sept. 24, she remained in York County Prison in lieu of $27,500 bail.

She does not have an attorney listed.

Kohler has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 4 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.