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Police: Mom nearly 4 times DUI limit drives drunk with kids in car

Mom charged with DUI, child neglect after driving on sidewalk, police say

Booking photo of Jehan Daniels
Booking photo of Jehan Daniels

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 23-year-old Gainesville mother was arrested Saturday night after police said she drove drunk with her two small children in the car. Her blood alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit, Gainesville police said.

Jehan Daniels blew 0.318 after failing field sobriety tests, Gainesville police said. Her 2-year-old and 4-year-old children in the car were not injured, police said.

Daniels was charged with DUI, two counts of child neglect and habitually driving with a suspended license.

Police said about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, they received calls of a drunk driver heading south on Northwest 6th Street nearing West University Avenue. One caller said the car drove up on the sidewalk and crossed the center lane multiple times, police said.

That same caller followed the car as it turned west onto West University Avenue, but had to stop when the car made it through a light as it was changing, police said.

At that point, the Gainesville Police Department helicopter spotted the car and continued the pursuit, watching as the driver straddled the center line and continued to hit curbs, police said.

The officers in the helicopter directed police cruisers to intercept the car, which they said narrowly avoided a crash at Northwest 25th Street and West University Avenue before pulling into the path of another vehicle that hit it.

Officers caught up with the the car, and Daniels, who police said showed obvious signs of impairment, was taken into custody.

Police said the children were eventually turned over to their grandparents after they came in from out of town, and the Department of Children and Families was also notified.