Suspected Drunk Driving Mom Wrecks Vehicle with Children Inside

Source: Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office

IMLAY CITY, MI – On Wednesday August 14th, 2019, at 1:47 AM, Lapeer County 911 was contacted by St. Clair County 911 concerning a report of an allegedly intoxicated woman with two young children inside a vehicle was reported at a gas station in Capac.

The driver was seeking directions to Bad Axe. Directions were provided and the driver left the business traveling westbound on I-69. A vehicle description of a gray in color Pontiac G6 was provided.

At 1:58 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Barrett observed the vehicle near I-69 and M-53 in Imlay City. Deputy Barrett attempted to perform a traffic stop. The vehicle fled north on M-53 through Imlay City while increasing speeds to 80 MPH or faster. The pursuit was terminated at 1:58AM after approximately two miles due to speeds and children inside the vehicle.

At 2:02 AM, the vehicle was discovered off the roadway within the northeast corner of M-53 and Bowers Road after failing to navigate the curved roadway. Three occupants were outside the vehicle and injured from the collision. Lapeer County EMS transported the injured occupants to McLaren in Lapeer.

The driver was a 40 year old woman from Oxford. The driver had her two daughters ages 10 and 7 inside the vehicle. It was determined that the woman had intentions of visiting Caseville to attend the Cheeseburger Festival.

The driver remains hospitalized at McLaren in Lapeer with non-life threatening injuries. The 10 year old was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak by helicopter and listed in serious but stable condition. The 7 year old was treated and released from McLaren in Lapeer.

The 2009 Pontiac G6 had improper registration plates and no insurance. The driver had a suspended driving status. Deputies believe that alcohol is a factor in this traffic crash and toxicology reports are pending.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (Children’s Protective Services) was contacted regarding the children.

This remains an open investigation by Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies. The case will be presented to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office regarding formal criminal charges when toxicology results are available.

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