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Posted: 5:17 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012
By Kerry Kavanaugh
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. —
Channel 2 Action News has learned police arrested a Walton county mother they said was driving drunk with two small children in her car. Police tell Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh they credit a good Samaritan for helping them catch her. Investigators said another driver spotted Tonya Buice driving along Buford Drive and according to a police report, they were on a 40-mile trek home. Kavanaugh obtained 911 calls from the incident. "He's like literally everywhere. He's all over the road," the caller told a 911 operator. "He's swerving real bad. I'm staying back far enough because he's swerving left to right." "Fortunately, he was concerned enough that he stayed with the vehicle until we could get an officer to catch up to it," Capt. Greg Vaughn with the Lawrenceville Police Department said. Vaughn said the driver followed Buice for several miles. In the police report, the reporting officer noted he first spotted two children in the back in child seats. Their ages were 4 and 7 years old. The officer said he smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. According to the report, Buice said she only had two 16-ounce beers earlier in the night. "That's a sad situation. It's a sad day when you put those children in that type of danger," Vaughn said.
Police said the mother left Gainesville and was headed to Loganville. When police pulled her over in Lawrenceville they believe Buice was about 30 miles into her trek home. Kavanaugh called Buice and went to her Loganville home Wednesday, but got no response. Police say Buice's blood alcohol level rose between her arrest on the street and the police department. They said that likely means she would have become more intoxicated if she continued driving.
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