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Suspected drugged driver crashes with 6-week-old in unrestrained car seat

Posted at 11:54 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 12:00:51-04

PERU — A woman is accused of driving drugged and crashing her truck into a pole with her infant in an unrestrained car seat.

Peru Police Department officers responded to the entrance to Bobtail Woods just after 9 a.m. Tuesday for a single-vehicle crash. Police found the 25-year-old driver holding her 6-week-old son at the scene. They say she had left the roadway and struck the utility pole near the entrance to the subdivision.

During the investigation, police say the mother exhibited signs of impairment and a drug evaluation was performed at the scene. It was discovered that the mother had been driving under hte influence of a narcotic substance.

Officers located the car seat for the woman's infant in the truck, but they say it was not strapped into a seat belt.

The woman was arrested and preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, neglect of a dependent and driving with a suspended prior. She was also issued a citation for a child restraint violation.

Police say the 6-week-old was not injured in the crash and was taken into custody by the Indiana Department of Child Services.