Mom accused of driving drunk, not having baby in proper car seat

Brittany Kersey

Brittany Kersey

A Cobb County woman is accused of driving while drunk and failing to properly restrain her infant in the backseat, according to police.

Brittany Nicole Kersey, 26, of Marietta, told police she had two pints of Smirnoff Ice before getting behind the wheel of her Ford Explorer and driving with her two children in tow, according to an arrest warrant. Kersey’s baby was allegedly placed in an unsecured booster seat designed for a 6-year-old child. And the baby’s head was next to a shovel, according to police.

“If an accident had occurred,” the warrant states, “the child would have been gravely or fatally injured.”

When police approached her Wednesday evening, Kersey exhibited numerous signs of being under the influence of alcohol, according to the warrant.

“Said accused fell out of her vehicle and had to grab the door to stand properly,” Kersey’s warrant states. “Said accused was unable to speak clearly and had slurred speech. Furthermore, said accused did not have even gait and had to be assisted while walking. Lastly, said accused exhibited a strong smell of alcoholic beverage on her breath.”

While in front of her baby and 7-year-old daughter, Kersey allegedly screamed expletives at the arresting officer until she was placed in the patrol car, according to police. She was charged with DUI, reckless conduct, child endangerment, disorderly conduct and a safety restraint violation, Cobb jail records showed.

Kersey’s bond was set at $10,000. She remained Monday morning in the Cobb jail, where she was also being held for failing to appear in court for a prior case, booking records showed.