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Grandma Arrested for DUI with Toddler in the Car

Cui Chen has been watching her 3-year-old grandson while the boy’s parents are out of the country. So what kind of grandma-grandson activities were the two up to this weekend?

Drunken driving, apparently. A witness called 911 on Saturday after spotting Chen wandering aimlessly through a Walmart parking lot with a toddler in tow. When officers caught up to Chen and pulled her over, she appeared severely impaired and had her grandson in the car, according to Channel 2 Action News.

According to authorities, Chen was swerving from lane to lane on Highway 9 with her grandson sitting up front in the passenger seat. “In the front seat like an adult, no car seat, no booster seat, anything like that,” Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty told Channel 2.

Chen was noticeably intoxicated, according to police. When asked to step out of her vehicle, her movements were clumsy and she had to steady herself.

If Chen had any drugs in her system or a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher at the time of the incident, she’ll likely be charged with DUI. A conviction could get her up to 12 months in prison, a fine of $1,000, at least 40 hours of community service, and an alcohol or drug risk reduction program. However, if it’s Chen’s first DUI offense, it’s unlikely she’ll receive prison time.

Since Chen’s grandson was in the car, she could also face endangerment charges as well. Under Georgia law, any person who drives impaired with a child under the age of 14 in the car is guilty of child endangerment. A conviction is punishable by a $1,000 fine or up to 12 months in prison.

Family friend Sam Wang says that Chen doesn’t drink or take drugs. He attributes the incident to low blood sugar. “When you’re driving and taking care of kids, it takes a lot of energy,” Wang told Channel 2.

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