Drunk driving is a serious offense in Florida, regardless of the surrounding circumstances. When young children are in the car, the offense becomes even more serious. An Orlando mother was recently arrested on suspicion of DUI/DWI while she had four young children in the car.
The incident began when the defendant allegedly crashed into the side of another car. Instead of stopping as the law requires, the defendant turned into a cross street and sped away. A witness followed the car and told police that the defendant allegedly drove her car onto the curb. The sound of this impact was heard by a neighbor, who came out to see what happened. She told police that she exclaimed to her husband that she saw children in the car.
According to witnesses, the car’s front wheels were pointing in different directions, an airbag was deployed and smoke was billowing from under the hood. By this time, the children who had been in the car were in the street. The oldest, a 7-year-old boy, was asking by-standers to help his mom. Another neighbor put three of the children in her car. One of the children asked, “Where’s the baby?” A search of the car found the baby on the floor of the car.
The driver allegedly failed a field sobriety test and reeked of booze. She was arrested and charged with DUI while accompanied by minors, leaving the scene of an accident, and child neglect. The four children were taken to a nearby hospital for examination.
Anyone facing charges similar to the woman in this case may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the law and facts that will govern the case.
Source: Fox 35, “Police: Mom arrested for DUI had 4 kids in car, crashed twice,” Holly Bristow, Jan. 23, 2018