Coweta County

Newnan mother arrested after leading police on 130-mph chase with 5-month-old son in back seat

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — Newnan police have arrested a woman they say sped away from a traffic stop and led police on a 130-mph chase with her 5-month-old son in the car.

The incident started on March 30 on Bullsboro Drive when police tried to pull over a car that had crossed the center line twice, nearly hitting other cars. Police attempted to stop the driver for failure to maintain lane and for not having working taillights.

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Police said that the driver, 22-year-old Barbara Ann Marie Wright, sped away from police and got onto I-85 where she led police on a chase at speeds of up to 130-mph.

She eventually got off the highway and drove to a home, where officers were able to take her into custody.


Wright said she fled from police because she had a warrant in Fayette County.

Police found that Wright’s 5-month-old son was in his car seat in the back seat of the car. He was taken into custody by family members.

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An officer arresting Wright smelled alcohol on her breath and attempted to do a field sobriety check but wasn’t able to do it due to Wright’s “extremely excited state.”

She later registered a blood alcohol level of 0.108 at the jail.

Wright was charged with DUI, attempting to elude police, endangering a child, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, speeding, improper lane change, no tail lights, no insurance, violating her learner’s permit and open container.