A Tucker woman originally pulled over for speeding was driving drunk with five unrestrained children in the back seat, police said.
A Gwinnett County police officer was working a speed detail at U.S. Highway 78 near East Park Place Boulevard Sunday when, at about 9:30 p.m., he clocked a Cadillac sports car at 71 mph The speed limit is 45 mph in that location, according an incident report. A traffic stop was initiated.
Aaliyah Tate, 27, was reportedly behind the wheel of the vehicle.
“As soon as Tate opened her driver’s side window I noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the interior of the vehicle Tate was driving,” the responding police officer wrote.
Tate allegedly denied drinking at first, and offered no explanation for why five children — ages 3, 3, 5, 7 and 10 — were piled in the back seat unrestrained.
“All five kids were just piled up one on top of another, not even wearing any seatbelts, and most of them were sleeping,” police said.
Face flush and eyes bloodshot, Tate reportedly told authorities she had had one glass of chardonnay. She “performed poorly” during field sobriety evaluations, police said. During three separate blood-alcohol breath tests, Tate registered levels of 0.090, 0.093 and 0.086.
The threshhold for driving under the influence is 0.08.
Tate was arrested and charged with DUI, speeding and five counts apiece of DUI-child endangerment and child seat violation. Jail records show she was released the following day on $12,566 bond.
The vehicle and the children — two with same address as Tate, three with that of a front-seat passenger — were turned over to a relative of Tate.