Police: drunk driving mom injures daughters in crash

It happened last night in Highland Park when the woman crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.

WEB UPDATE: According to the girls' father they are improving and in stable condition.

Two little girls injured by a drunk driver - their own mother.

At 9 p.m. Sunday, a Neon northbound on Hamilton in Highland Park crossed the center line and crashed into a Ford Escape with several adult passengers inside.

In the Neon - a woman and her two young daughters - girls just 6 and 7 years old, with no seatbelts and badly hurt.

"One of the little girls - her teeth are missing and her face is all scarred up," said Marli Blackman, press secretary for the city of Highland Park. "We're very lucky these children were not ejected from the car - because it's very easy to happen when you don't have your seatbelt on."

Marli Blackman she says the mother - a woman in her 30s will face serious charges. Police tell FOX 2 her blood alcohol level was nearly five times the legal limit at a .39.

"This is not her first offense with DUIs so it's very unfortunate - very unfortunate," Blackman said.

She also has a prior conviction for driving drunk and another case currently pending.

"As parents we're supposed to protect our children," Blackman said. "When our parents fail us, it is tragic."

It's not clear where the woman had been or where she was going - she was not cooperative with police - her suspended license lists an address in Southfield.

She's expected to be charged with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury as well as reckless endangerment. She's expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.


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