A mother is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through Carroll County while being under the influence of methamphetamine — with her 5-year-old child unrestrained on the car floorboard.
Monica Faith Smith, 39, called 911 while near the Carroll County Jail around 4 a.m. Thursday and was allegedly acting delusional, police told Channel 2 Action News.
She claimed someone was following her, but when Carrollton police approached her in the jail parking lot, they noticed her speech was slurred, Channel 2 reported.
“They saw some burn marks around her lips,” police Capt. Shannon Cantrell said. “That’s consistent with someone who could be using drugs.”
Officers also spotted the child on the floorboard, the news station reported. The driver initially presented her license, but police said she then began to drive away, struck an officer with her car and drove on the sidewalk.
“She backs up and hit that officer and almost pins him in between the car and the patrol car,” Cantrell said.
The chase lasted almost five miles, and she allegedly reached 80 mph in a 55-mph zone. At one point, a police vehicle pulled up next to hers, and she hit it, tearing off her bumper, police said.
She’s also accused of driving into oncoming traffic.
“You got a child in the floorboard of a car, who is not seat-belted in with a lady who is obviously under the influence of something,” Cantrell said.
As she approached a motel, dash camera video obtained by Channel 2 allegedly shows Smith’s car swerve from one lane to another before crashing into some trees.
Police arrested Smith. Her daughter was unharmed, and she’s been turned over to a relative, the news station reported.
“They receive a lot of training as you can see the restraint they used here,” Cantrell said of his officers. “The biggest thing they’re focused on is that kid’s safety.”
Channel 2 reported Smith made allegations that she was raped during the arrest, but Cantrell said those claims are baseless and the entire arrest was caught on video.
“At one point in time, she said somebody raped me,” Cantrell said. “We have her on car and body cam video. None of those events took place.”
Smith faces several charges, including aggravated assault, and she has bonded out of jail, Channel 2 reported.
AJC.com reached out to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office about the full list of charges but hasn’t heard back.
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