Police have arrested a woman who is accused of crashing her car into a child's bedroom in Lithonia while driving drunk, WSBTV.com reports.
Fortunately, the boy wasn't in his bedroom at the time of the crash. The woman has been arrested on DUI charges, according to authorities.
At around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Rickina Morris heard the sound of glass shattering come from her young son's bedroom. "All I know is I was asleep and I heard glass shattering, and I jumped up and grabbed my taser because I thought somebody was breaking in," Morris told WSBTV.
Instead of an intruder, however, Morris found a black Chevrolet Impala in her son's bedroom. Luckily, the boy wasn't in his room at the time of the accident.
According to authorities, the driver of the Impala told police that she was driving home from celebrating her birthday. She blamed the crash on faulty brakes.
However, a field sobriety test indicated that the woman was drunk at the time. She was arrested on DUI charges. Under Georgia's DUI law, it's illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. A first DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol or drug use risk reduction program.
Morris, or whoever owns the apartment, may want to file a civil suit against the driver, on top of the criminal charges, in order to collect damages for the cost of repairs. The owner would have to show that the driver was negligent in driving drunk and crashing into the home.
Rickina Morris was understandably shaken up over the incident. "The car would have ran over the mattress and hit my baby," she said. Morris is currently looking for a place for her and her son to stay while repairs are made.
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