DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. heiress Elena Ford was arrested late Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated and with child endangerment, according to media reports.
She was stopped by police in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale at about 11 p.m., according to accounts published by The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Her 2011 Ford Explorer was impounded and her son, who was with her in the vehicle, was sent home after the incident, the Free Press reported.
Police told the News her SUV leaped a curb near Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just north of Detroit.
Her attorney, Todd Flood, said his client would appear in court later this month to answer the charges, the News reported this afternoon.
"Ms. Ford recognizes this is a serious matter … and an extreme embarrassment to her, her family and others around her," Flood told the newspaper.
Ford, in a breathalyzer test taken at the scene, blew a .18 blood alcohol level -- Michigan's legal limit is 0.8, the News reported. She blew a .14 level later at the police station, according to the newspaper report.
Ford, 44, the great-great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, has been director of global sales, service and marketing at the company since February 2009, according to her biography. Ford is the granddaughter of Henry Ford II. She is the daughter of Charlotte Ford and Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.
"As this is a personal matter, we would not comment," Ford spokesman John Stoll told the Free Press. Flood told the Free Press that Ford "was treated fairly, as any motorist would be in a similar situation."