Gwinnett mom gets DUI charge with child in car

A Gwinnett County woman was arrested for the second time in a month early Sunday and charged with DUI. But in the most recent incident, the mother also had her 4-year-old daughter in the car, according to police.

An officer pulled over Ashly Lashay Brown, 23, of Lawrenceville, around 1:31 a.m. Sunday after witnessing her driving erratically on Cruse Road, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I observed a small child sitting in the back of the vehicle without a child safety seat,” the report states. “While speaking with Brown, I could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming off of her breath.”

After field sobriety testing, Brown was placed under arrest and another officer took the child to her grandmother, the report states. At the Gwinnett County jail, Brown submitted to a breath test, which registered at .193 grams, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Georgia of .08.

Brown was charged with DUI, child endangerment, failure to drive in a single lane, not having a tag light and not having a child in a safety seat, according to police. She was released later Sunday morning after posting $4,204 bond, jail records show.

Sunday’s arrest was Brown’s second in recent weeks, according to police. Shortly before 6 a.m. on Oct. 21, an officer spotted Brown sitting in a brown Chevrolet Impala parked on the side of Patterson Road, according to the police report obtained by The AJC. Brown told the officer she had had to swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle, and when she did, she hit a curb, damaging a wheel and tire, the report states.

When the officer asked Brown if she had been drinking, she allegedly said she had three pomegranate margaritas at a DeKalb County bar, according to police. She was arrested after failing sobriety tests, according to police, and transported to jail. She registered a .182 on the breath test, police said.

In that incident, Brown was charged with DUI and improper lane change, records show.

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