A Gainesville, FL woman was traveling to a bar in her van with eight children when she was arrested on child neglect charges and a DUI after causing a minor auto accident on a Friday night. The woman was identified as 32-year old Lawanda Lowery-Gale and charged by the Gainesville Police Department with eight counts of child neglect, a DUI, and driving with a suspended license. Police report that the accident took place at around 10:00 p.m. and was caused by Lowery-Gale who side-swiped a vehicle with her van. Her van had eight children in it, aged 10 months to 14 years old. Six out of the eight children were Lowery-Gales and the other two were her nieces.
The police report states that Lowery-Gale seemed to be intoxicated and had bloodshot eyes, an odor of alcohol, and slurred speech. The arrest report also indicates that she performed very badly on the sobriety exercises she was put through. After the sobriety test police arrested her and gave her a breath test at the Alachua County Jail. Florida’s legal standard for a DUI is .08 and Lowery-Gale’s DUI arrest report shows a blood alcohol level of .166 that Lowery-Gale registered. Lowery-Gale told the police she was attempting to get to a nightclub called Fubar when she got in the accident. Police report that this is the fifth time Lowery-Gale’s license has been suspended and that she was charged with failure to submit to an alcohol test in January of last year. The accident reportedly caused more than $1,000 in damages but caused no serious injuries.
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