Decatur police said the driver responsible was taken into custody.

5-year-old in critical condition after crash in Decatur; driver in custody

A 5-year-old child was seriously injured and an “erratic” driver was taken into custody after a three-vehicle accident Thursday night in Decatur, according to police.

A vehicle traveling westbound on Midway Road hit another vehicle at a red light near South Candler Street, setting off a chain reaction, Decatur police spokeswoman Jennifer Ross said.

The vehicle was driven by Michelle Wierson, of Avondale Estates, police told Channel 2 Action News.

Wierson’s vehicle continued through the intersection and hit a third vehicle traveling south on South Candler. Ross said Wierson then got out of her vehicle and “began behaving erratically and running in and out of traffic.”

An off-duty DeKalb County police officer and an on-duty MARTA police officer stopped to offer help. Wierson was taken into custody after she assaulted the off-duty officer, Ross said, and was later taken to an area hospital for evaluation.   

Michelle Wierson (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

She has since been booked into the DeKalb County Jail without bond and faces charges of DUI, serious injury by vehicle, battery, reckless driving and following too closely, according to jail records.

The officers found a 5-year-old child in the second vehicle unresponsive. Before an ambulance arrived, the MARTA officer and bystanders administered CPR to the child, Ross said. 

The child and the child’s parent were taken to a hospital, Ross said. The parent was treated for moderate injuries and released. The child was in critical condition Thursday.

South Candler Street was closed between Brower Street and Kirk Road Thursday night while officers investigated.

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