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June 20, 2017

This past Saturday night, a Gainesville woman was pulled over after police were alerted to her erratic driving. According to the witness who called the police at around 10:30 in on Saturday night, a car was seen weaving around the road, several times leaving the road and driving along the sidewalk, and narrowly missing other cars. The witness who called the police began to follow the car as it turned off of Northwest 6th Street onto West University Avenue, but after the car sped through a red light the witness wisely abandoned pursuit.

Fortunately, by this point Gainesville Police Department members were on the way. The car was spotted by a police helicopter that remained above the vehicle as it meandered around the centerline of the road, drove over curbs, and continued to narrowly miss other vehicles on the road. Communicating with the police cruisers below, the helicopter directed the Gainesville police members to the car’s location. By this time, the car had collided with a car at the intersection of Northwest 25th Street and West University Avenue.

When the police arrived, they found the driver of the tagged car showing clear signs of impairment. In the back of the car were her two children: a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. The police arrested the driver, the 23-year-old Jehan Daniels. The children’s grandparents live outside of Gainesville, but after they were notified they came to collect the two children.

At the police station, Daniels was given a sobriety test. The test showed that the alcohol content in Daniels’ blood was 0.318. That number is nearly four times the limit that is legally allowed in Florida. The initial charges which Daniels faces include a DUI, two separate counts of neglect of her children, and continued driving on a suspended license.

Although this case is certainly upsetting, it is extremely fortunate that Daniels did not badly injure her children or anyone else on the road that night. The one car she did hit was not damaged, and the driver of the vehicle was not injured as far as we know

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