NC mother charged with DWI, child abuse for 2nd time

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Elizabeth Cher Drawdy, 36, of Gastonia

GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gastonia mother has been charged with driving while impaired involving her children for the second time in less than a month.

The Gaston Gazette reported that 36-year-old Elizabeth Cher Drawdy was involved in a crash Thursday night with her 8-year-old daughter in the car.

The wreck reportedly happened on West Garrison Boulevard and Marshall Avenue in Gastonia around 6 p.m.

Authorities said her daughter was sitting in the front seat at the time and the air bags deployed. It remains uncertain if any injuries were involved.

The suspect reportedly refused to take an Intoxilyzer test. An officer said she was unsteady on her feet, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

The suspect faces charges of DWI, misdemeanor child abuse, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving with a revoked license.

She was placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $10,000 bond and has court planned for Oct. 17.

In August, the suspect was charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said she and another mother went out drinking and left their children and other youngsters home alone.

Source: The Gaston Gazette

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