Police report: 4-year-old says mom charged with DUI lied about hitting car

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A 4-year-old said his mother lied about backing into a car when she was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, according to a police report.

Police said Michelle Scott, 34, was arrested on suspicion of DUI while driving home from her son's day care last week. Her young son was in the car when the incident happened, police said.

Police said Scott was nearly three times the legal limit when she backed into another car on Jackson Street in Lawrenceville, a short distance away from the toddler's day care, about 3:30 p.m.

The owner of the day care, told Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach that Scott picked up the boy an hour before the accident and time of arrest and drove through the carpool lane, never getting out of the car.

The police report states when police arrived at the scene, Scott denied hitting the other vehicle.

According to a police report, the child told officers, "My mommy lied to you. She really did back into that car."

Officers stated they could smell alcohol on Scott and noticed bloodshot eyes, her speech slurred and her balance unsteady.

Longtime neighbor Dan Higgins said he's not surprised to hear the news, because he's seen her drunk before.

Police said they found an empty can of beer in her glove box and five empty cans in the back seat.

Higgins said his daughter went to day care with Scott's son and they would play together often. But he told Channel 2 Action News it got to a point to where they were nervous about their daughter playing inside the house. They would only allow her to play outside with the boy while they were supervised.

Scott has been charged with DUI and DUI child endangerment. Police said they took the boy back to day care, where his father later picked him up.

Scott has since bonded out of Gwinnett County jail.