Mom accused of driving drunk with kids in car, ‘open bottle of vodka under her arm’

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Jessica Heaton (Wake County Sheriff Office)

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A woman is facing charges after officials say she was driving impaired down the highway with her kids in the car.

According to WTVD, Jessica Heaton of Raeford was driving 35 mph on I-40 around 11 p.m. Friday when a NC State Highway Patrol trooper pulled her over because she was “weaving badly onto shoulder and across lines.”

Troopers say she has an “open bottle of vodka under her arm,” and had “very slurred speech.”

Heaton’s blood alcohol level was a reported .33, more than four times the legal limit.

Heaton is facing child abuse charges, because her 3 and 4-year-old children were in the backseat of the car when she was pulled over.

She also faces driving while impaired charges.

Authorities said Monday that Heaton was unable make her first court appearance, because “she’s in the hospital,” but did not reveal the reason.

Source: WTVD


  • ME

    Remove the kids and don’t give them back, horrible to even think about a person doing that especially a parent, , what is wrong with people that they are treating kids any kind of way

    • FaithC

      If you mean sin as in driving drunk, then I sure can throw stones. I have NEVER driven drunk. Not once and I am proud to say so. It is just a matter of common sense.

  • FaithC

    She is an alcoholic and she thinks she can handle it. She does not think she is doing anything wrong. She needs real help. Where is the father in all this, they did not say who has the kids now.

    • Mr. Perfect

      At Fox8 I did not post any of this above. My stalker is at it again. I’d offer to spank this mom cause I used to be just like her.

  • brandy

    This girl is a childhood friend so please unless u have never messed up don’t judge her..praise God the children are safe and she will get the help she needs…oh and if u r perfect I would love to meet u..smh

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