Mom accused of driving drunk with child, causing crash

by: Tom Jones Updated:

DUNWOODY, Ga. - Dunwoody police believe a woman was drunk with her child in the car when she caused a crash that left two people hospitalized.

The crash happened Thursday night on Interstate 285 near Ashford Dunwoody Road in the westbound lanes. Karen Smith Morton now faces charges of drunken driving and endangering a child while driving under the influence.

Police said Morton left her lane and hit another car, which then crashed into the barrier wall. Police said the driver of the second car suffered a broken ankle and his passenger suffered chest pains. Both were transported to the hospital.
           
Officers said Morton was driving with her 6-year-old daughter, but the girl wasn’t hurt. Dunwoody police Officer Tim Fecht said Morton didn’t deny drinking.

“She just stated that she just had some drinks and apologized for her actions," Fecht said.
           
Dunwoody police said the stretch of highway where the crash occurred is congested with traffic.
           
And now that a major 10-mile resurfacing project is under way from Ashford Dunwoody to Paces Ferry roads, officers are urging drivers to be safe and sober. 

“People have to think a lot smarter and just make reasonable decisions in their lives to not only not put you at risk, but you're endangering your children and also everybody else out on the roadway," Fecht said
           
Police said Morton's child was handed over to a family member.

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