Woman accused of tricking ignition interlock surrenders to police

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:


TACOMA, Wash. - A woman accused of tricking an ignition interlock installed in her car and driving drunk with her 3-year-old daughter in the back seat surrendered to police Monday night.

Jordin Margraves, 23, was featured on the Tacoma Pierce County Crime Stoppers website after the interlock device photographed her failing a blood alcohol test and then handing the device to her boyfriend who blew into it for her.

The pictures show Margraves 3-year-old daughter strapped into a car seat behind her.

“That’s where we became really concerned and wanted to get her off the street,” said Ruston Police Chief Jeremy Kunkel.

Margraves had a drunk-driving conviction from September 2013 after she was stopped and arrested while driving past a sports bar in Ruston.

As part of her sentence, Margraves must use the ignition interlock device to prevent her from driving after she has consumed any alcohol.

The interlock prevents the engine from starting if the driver fails. The device also records the test to verify the person driving is the same person who blows into the machine.

The pictures clearly show a man police said helped Margraves by blowing into the interlock device and now he too could face criminal charges. “We have since identified him and spoken to him and are referring charges to the proper court,” Kunkel said.

Margraves was booked into the Pierce County jail with bail set at $75,000. She is due to appear in Ruston Municipal Court on April 10.