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Man arrested for racing, DUI

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Stone Mountain man was arrested over the holiday weekend after police say he was racing on Interstate 85 while intoxicated -- with three children along for the ride.

In a police report released Wednesday, a responding Gwinnett County police officer wrote that 31-year-old Kareem Norm McCarthy was the driver of one of three vehicles spotted on July 3, each racing down the interstate at speeds as high as 120 mph.

Reportedly pacing McCarthy's Lexus at about 90 mph, the officer pulled him over just before 10:30 p.m. Young boys ages 8, 13 and 14, one of them McCarthy's son, were also in the vehicle.

Police said a strong odor of alcohol was coming from the sedan.

"The driver stated that his party left him and that he was coming from Lake Lanier," the officer wrote.

According to the report, McCarthy initially denied having anything to drink, before later admitting to having a drink "at 2 o'clock at the latest." As he exited the vehicle, McCarthy allegedly "stumbled backwards onto his heels."

McCarthy told the officer he was "really nervous" during one field sobriety test and did not continue. He declined to take a breath test, police said.

The Stone Mountain resident was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, three counts of DUI-child endangerment, speeding, racing and reckless driving. The children were released to one of the other drivers in McCarthy's party.

Jail records show McCarthy was also arrested in Gwinnett County in 2000 on charges of racing, speeding and improper turning.