Driver, child hurt in crash PUBLISHED: Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Posted in the Rochester Forum
#1 Aug 1, 2008
PONTIAC A woman may lose her leg after being ejected from a car during a suspected drunken driving accident that left a 4-year-old girl with head and leg injuries.
The accident happened in the early morning hours Monday at 493 N. Perry St., where Pontiac police found the woman, lying on the ground covered in blood.
After police responded, a 28-year-old man from Rochester was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle went through yellow police tape and hit an Oakland County Sheriff's patrol vehicle at the scene.
Officers were first dispatched shortly after midnight to the corner of North Perry and Clarence streets for the traffic accident.
It was there they found a badly damaged 2000 Mercury Marquis.
Nearby was the woman, who had appeared to have suffered a compound fracture to her right ankle. The little girl, found in the back seat of the car, was bleeding from her head and breathing, but wasn't responding to officers. Pontiac firefighters took the girl to a local hospital for treatment. The owner of the car, who is also the mother of the little girl, arrived at the crash scene minutes after police responded to the call.
She told officers the girl had been sleeping in the vehicle because people were drinking and being loud in their home.
That's when the female driver, who is accused of being drunk, wanted to get more alcohol and took the vehicle without permission.
Witnesses say they yelled at the woman to stop, but were unsuccessful.
At least three people told officers they saw the Mercury being driven at a high rate of speed, heading south on North Perry Street.
The car drove through a red traffic light at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue before possibly hitting a another vehicle and then ramming into the building at 493 N. Perry St., next to the J & E Barbershop.
Both the child and woman had to have surgery because of the accident.
The girl is expected to recover from her injuries.
Helping the city's police department investigate the crash was the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.
The roadway was blocked off, yellow caution tape set up and patrol vehicles were left with emergency lights on.
A man driving his vehicle north on North Perry Street drove through the police tape, hit the bumper of a sheriff's patrol vehicle and ran over debris left by the accident.
The man continued heading north until Pontiac officers spotted the vehicle and made a traffic stop.
He was arrested after a breath test showed his blood alcohol level was .25, police say.
Warrants carrying charges of drunken driving and driving with a suspended license are being sought.
Meanwhile, police are seeking charges against the woman for driving on an expired, temporary driver's license, for drunken driving and for child endangerment. A child neglect charge may also be issued against the girl's mother. Damage from the accident was plainly visible Monday.
A crew with Nell Trucking & Demolition Company knocked a portion of the building down, and yellow tape remained wrapped around the accident site.
A member of a DTE Energy crew said the utility had been called to restore power that morning to the neighboring barbershop.
Car parts, bricks, dirt, broken glass, a single platform sandal, a ripped up case of beer, a bent windshield wiper and a fake wood-grained piece of the car's dashboard littered the ground.
A person walking by the building spoke briefly with members of the DTE Energy crew, who remarked they had heard the woman was driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
"She's lucky to be alive," said the person as he walked away.
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