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3 Gwinnett moms arrested for DUI with kids in car

Takisha Gatling

Takisha Gatling

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Zusandra Lewis

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Kassie Ann Grigs

Three Gwinnett mothers have been arrested in recent days after allegedly driving under the influence with their young children in the car.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a Gwinnett County police officer was dispatched to the area near Steve Reynolds Blvd. and Interstate 85 north after a motorist reported seeing another driver "almost hit a guard rail and almost hit a tractor trailer." The driver in question was 24-year-old Kassie Griggs.

According to an incident report, Griggs' speech was slurred and she moved slowly upon being pulled over and asked to perform field sobriety tests.

"Griggs answered that she was extremely emotional because she was two months pregnant and she was freaking out because her three year old was in the back seat," the responding officer wrote.

Griggs' son, who is actually just a little over 2 years old, was indeed in the car. The Norcross resident -- just removed from a separate DUI arrest on Dec. 23 -- reportedly failed several field tests. On two separate breath tests, Griggs' blood-alcohol content registered at 0.243 and 0.232, both around three times the legal limit of 0.08.

She was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI-child endangerment, driving on a suspended license, open container violation and improper lane change.

Two days later, a Buford mother was arrested after a similar incident.

Gwinnett County police were dispatched to the area of Ga. Highway 20 and Braselton Highway at about 2 p.m. Saturday after a driver spotted Zusandra Lewis' Honda Pilot "having difficulty maintaining a single lane." The car was pulled over, with Lewis, her husband and two children -- 10 and 1 years old -- inside.

"I asked if she was OK and if everything was alright because there seemed to be some concern about her driving," the responding officer wrote. "She said she was fine, but began telling about problems she was having with her husband."

Lewis reportedly said she had not consumed any drugs or alcohol that day, but the officer spotted several "single-serve" wine bottles, all empty, inside the vehicle. He also reportedly located several pills in her possession, including oxycontin, tramadol, Cymbalta, Ambien and carisprodol.

She was placed under arrest and charged with DUI, two counts of DUI-child endangerment, open container violation and possession of a controlled substance.

A third Gwinnett woman, Takisha Yolita Gatling of Duluth, was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI, DUI-child endangerment, speeding and improper lane change. An incident report was not available for that case on Monday.

Comments

Sandykin 1 year, 7 months ago

How very sad for all those involved here. The message these moms are sending to their young children, a message they will carry with them all their lives, is frightening. How very sad that Griggs' previous DUI convictions didn't result in a punishment severe enough to prevent another occurrence. These moms need help with their alcohol problems and some parenting classes. I hope this is addressed in the judicial process and that these innocent kids do not once again live the horror of being in the back seat while their drunk mother is behind the wheel.

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kevin 1 year, 7 months ago

Looks like the beginning of another wasted TV "reality" show on the horizon. Next, the defendants will be blame someone from their past (parents) for their poor upbringing.

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HonestIngine 1 year, 7 months ago

Yea, I can see it now " The Welfare Wives of Gwinnett County"

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Dubbin 1 year, 7 months ago

Between the three women how many kids? How many prior arrests? These are the people that will run into you on the road and kill your family. They should be in jail making license plates and their kids should be in foster care but instead they are already bailed out, back on the road and doing it all again. Why do judges keep putting these pieces of human garbage back out on the road to kill the rest of us?

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Gundoctor1 1 year, 7 months ago

What is very sad here is that these "Mother's of the year" candidates will be allowed to continue doing this in a very short time. Put them in the ultimate detox program. 5 years behind bars should do it. The kids would certainly be better off not being raised by these morons!!

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Mack711 1 year, 7 months ago

LIFE and day would be better At least the kids may be better taken care of that way.

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jack 1 year, 7 months ago

These ladies can vote for our leaders, yet cannot make sound judgements concerning their own kids.

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