East Bend woman charged with DWI after crashing car with baby, kids inside

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say an East Bend woman has been charged with driving while impaired after she crashed her car with an infant and two other young children inside.

According to police, the single-vehicle crash was reported around 8:45 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 52 South at the Waughtown Street exit ramp.

Police say Christina Louise Norman, 38, was driving a 1998 Infinity when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, struck a highway sign and then crashed into the guardrail.

A 6-month-old infant and two 4-year-old children were inside the car at the time, police said.

The children suffered minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment, police told FOX8’s Lindsey Eaton

Deon Scales was on his way to the gas station when he saw the stuck on its side and decided to stop and help.

“I saw the blinker lights were on so I immediately slammed on my brakes and jumped out,” Scales said.

“All three of the children were crying. One of the little girls said she was cold so I took off the little shirt I had on and gave it to her.”

While speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash, police say prescription drugs appear to have played a role.

Winston-Salem Lt. Peterson said Norman took a blood test, but the toxicology report won’t be complete for another month to know what prescription drug she was taking.

In addition to DWI, Norman is charged with driving with an expired registration plate, driving with a fictitious registration plate, and driving without insurance. 

Norman has a previous record in Forsyth County for misdemeanor larceny on March 6th and 8th of 2010.   

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