Elena Ford, an executive at the auto company founded by her great-great-grandfather Henry Ford, intends to plead not guilty at a pretrial hearing April 28 on a charge of driving while intoxicated with an occupant younger than 16, the Detroit Free Press reported last week.
Elena Ford, director of global marketing, sales and service at Ford Motor Co., was charged April 3. Her son was in the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV she was driving in Ferndale, Mich., when she was stopped by police around 10 p.m., according to a police report obtained by Reuters. In the report, the boy told the arresting officer that he was 11 years old.
Elena Ford, 44, registered a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent, above the 0.08 Michigan legal limit for intoxicated driving.
No one was injured. Her son was released to family representatives and Elena Ford was booked, held for a few hours and released, police said.
Elena Ford, as global director of marketing for just over two years, was involved in the launch of the second-generation Ford Fiesta, the automaker's top-selling car worldwide.
Ford Motor Co. officials did not comment on her arrest.
"As this is a personal matter, we would not comment on personal matters involving any employee," a company spokesman said last week.
-- Staff and wire reports