The penalties for driving under the influence are severe. Each subsequent conviction brings a harsher sentence. Causing an accident while intoxicated increases this possibility. One Louisiana woman was recently involved in a drunk driving accident that could have ended tragically. Instead, she is facing serious legal issues and could potentially lose custody of her children.
The 29-year-old woman was driving with her four children in the car just after midnight one morning when she lost control of her vehicle. The car went off the road and into a ditch striking a culvert. The impact sent the car airborne, and when it landed again in the ditch, it caught fire. The vehicle was fully involved when a passerby stopped to rescue the children.
The three youngest children -- ages 1, 2 and 5 -- were not secured in car seats or wearing safety belts. Fortunately, they received only minor injuries. An eight-year-old boy suffered more serious injuries, including burns. All four children were taken to the hospital for treatment. The man who assisted at the accident also suffered burns on his legs and was transported to the hospital.
Louisiana police charged the mother with child endangerment and not having the children properly restrained. She also faces her third offense drunk driving, which could mean serving at least 45 days in jail if convicted. Having children in the car and their injuries from the accident may prove to be aggravating circumstances in this case. As part of the woman's defense, her attorney is likely to work to get her into an alcohol treatment program.
Source: WBRZ.com, "Mom arrested after driving drunk with children inside vehicle, crashing on Hwy. 165", Alicia Serrano, Nov. 7, 2016