• Police: Woman high on meth had child unrestrained in car

    By: Tony Thomas


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County woman is behind bars after witnesses said she was high on drugs and driving erratically with a small child in her car.

    Gwinnett police arrested Amanda Kay Hughes Thursday on Buford Highway. They have charged her with driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment and not having a child restrained.

    Sources said she told police she was high on methamphetamine.

    Channel 2's Tony Thomas has learned this wasn't Hughes' first arrest for driving under the influence.

    A witness called 911 reporting the woman was acting strangely at the Shoppes at Buford South.

    "She's got a child in the car and I really honestly think she's high on something." the caller told dispatchers. "She's acting weird and she can't sit still and she was dancing in the parking lot."

    The caller said the little girl almost wandered into traffic. The two then went into Tom Samsone's Video Game Trader store and asked to use the restroom.

    "She looked very stressed." Samsone told Thomas.

    Samsone said Hughes and the girl were in the restroom for 20 minutes. After they left, he realized they had stolen his clothes and food.

    A short time later, Gwinnett police caught up with Hughes down Buford Highway at a convenience store.

    "Once the driver was arrested for those charges, a family member of some sort came and picked up the vehicle and the child and took custody of the child," said Cpl. Ed Ritter with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

    Thomas searched court records and discovered Hughes has been arrested three times on charges of driving under the influence and drugs.

    A look at her mug shots from 2006 until now show an apparent impact on her physical look.

    Witnesses said they were most concerned about the little girl who the 911 caller believed might have been living in a Jeep Cherokee along with Hughes.

    "If you want to destroy yourself, that's none of my business, but don't include other people, especially innocent children," Samsone said.

    Hughes remains in the Gwinnett County jail. It's unclear what relation the young girl is to Hughes.

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