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Mother accused of DUI
22-month-old child was in the car

SNELLVILLE - Police say a Snellville driver was so intoxicated on prescription medication this week she ran over a mailbox and could barely speak - all while her 22-month-old infant was buckled in a backseat.

Debra Lynn Burkett, 36, 2879 Summit Crest Court, was arrested Monday afternoon after a witness said she drove her gray van over a mailbox and parked her vehicle sideways across Summit View Court.

Burkett was charged with DUI-drugs, DUI-child endangerment and driving on the wrong side of a roadway. She was under the influence of Prozac and Ambien during the

2:40 p.m. incident, according to a Snellville Police Department report released Wednesday.

Ambien is a sleep-aid designed to treat insomnia, according to the manufacturer's Web site. Prozac treats various forms of depression.

Burkett posted an $1,888 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Detention Center, jail records show.

An arresting officer with the

Snellville police wrote that Burkett was highly intoxicated prior to her arrest.

"(She) couldn't focus on me. Her head (lolled) from side to side," the officer wrote in a report. "Her speech was severely slurred and mumbled. I couldn't understand what she was explaining."

The officer called a baby sitter to retrieve the infant boy, who was in a child-safety seat, and found prescriptions for both drugs on the vehicle's floorboard.

Burkett was arrested without incident but had trouble exiting her vehicle, according to the report.

"I had to support her ... otherwise she would have fallen," the report stated. "Burkett kept mumbling that she wasn't drunk and wanted a breath test."

Burkett could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted of DUI-child endangerment. The offense is a misdemeanor if the child involved is not killed or injured, according to Georgia law.