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Drunk Mom Causes I-285 Accident with Child in the Car

Police have arrested an Atlanta woman who allegedly caused an accident on I-285 while driving drunk with her 6-year-old daughter in the car, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Karen Smith Morton has been charged with DUI and child endangerment for the incident. Fortunately, Morton's daughter wasn't hurt in the accident. Two other people who weren't so lucky were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

On Thursday, Morton was driving westbound on I-285 when her silver Infiniti QX4 drifted into another lane and smashed into an Acura. The collision sent the Acura and Morton's Infiniti barreling into a barrier wall.

A passenger in the Acura suffered a broken ankle and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Acura's driver was also brought to the hospital after complaining of chest pains, authorities said.

At least Morton was honest about the accident. "She just stated that she had some drinks and apologized for her actions," Dunwoody police officer Tim Fecht told the Journal-Constitution.

Under Georgia's DUI law, it's illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. If Morton is convicted of her DUI charge and this is her first DUI offense, she could face a fine of $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and an alcohol risk reduction program.

On top of the a DUI charge, driving impaired with a child under the age of 14 in the car will get you a child endangerment charge as well. If convicted of child endangerment, Morton could receive an extra $1,000 fine or up to 12 months of jail time.

For the time being, Karen Smith Morton's 6-year-old daughter has been placed in the care of family. “People have to think a lot smarter and just make reasonable decisions in their lives,” Officer Tim Fecht said of the incident.

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