Dalton woman arrested on child endangerment charges after crashing while DUI with her four kids
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, at approximately 5:56 PM, a 2004 Ford Explorer Vehicle being driven Amber Lynn Brian, 28 of Dalton, was traveling south on Old Dixie Highway. Brian failed to maintain her lane and traveled off the left side of the roadway. Brian then re-entered the roadway and then overcorrected her steering back to the left, causing the vehicle to yaw counterclockwise. The Explorer then ran off the left side of the roadway again, striking the power pole with its front bumper. After the impact, the Explorer continued to rotate and overturned, coming to a final uncontrolled rest on its top facing west on the right side of Old Dixie Highway. The area of impact was determined by tire marks and damage to the utility pole. At approximately 6:22 PM, TFC Terry arrived on the scene and observed Brian in the roadway surrounded by her four small children and EMS personnel. Brian stated to the trooper that the six and 5-year-old females were in the middle row, not in child restraints. While the trooper was speaking to Brian, the trooper noticed her pupils were constricted, and her speech was slurred. The trooper asked her what kind of medication she had taken, and she first stated hydrocodone but later stated she was mistaken that she had taken Percocet for pain. The trooper asked her how much she had taken, and she stated she had taken one at 8 AM and another one at lunch. Brian stated that she had fallen asleep. The trooper then had her perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests where she showed several clues. After the tests were complete, the trooper advised Brian that she was under arrest for DUI. Brian was read Georgia implied consent notice for suspects age 21 or over and requested a blood test. Brian agreed to the blood test and was transported to the Hamilton Medical Center for the blood draw. All four kids ranging from one to six suffered minor injuries, according to the report. While at the hospital, Brian became upset and stated that she could have killed her children. She further stated that her medication makes her sleepy and uncoordinated, but she takes it because she is hurting so badly due to an infection on her chest. After the blood draw was complete, Brian was taken to the Whitfield County Jail charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI-drugs, four counts of DUI-endangering a child while under the influence of drugs and four counts of safety belts violation (children 8-years-old and younger). According to online arrest records, Brian was arrested on May 17th, 2020, in Gilmer County for DUI-drugs.