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Woman pleads not guilty to criminal child endangerment

By Jeff Smith of Anderson Broadcasting for the Valley Journal

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POLSON — District Judge James Manley set a trial date of Feb. 14, 2022, for a Polson woman accused of driving while impaired with a child under the age of 14 in her car.

Savanah Yvonne Kenmille, 35, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson to felony criminal child endangerment on Sept. 1.

According to court records, on June 13, Polson police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the parking lot of the Polson Wal-Mart store. The reporting party described the suspect’s car as being a black Acura. The responding officer located a black Acura leaving the parking lot and began to follow. The officer observed the Acura make a righthand turn onto U.S. Hwy. 93 but it took until the vehicle got to the junction with State Highway 35 before settling completely into its own lane. The Acura came to a stop even though the light was green. The officer made a traffic stop on the Acura as it left the intersection. Kenmille was identified as the driver. She admitted to taking the sleep medication Ambien, although she allegedly did not have a prescription for it. The officer found other drugs, including Suboxone, and Lyrica in the Acura. Kenmille allegedly did not have a prescription for those either.

Kenmille is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing Jan. 12, 2022.

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