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Woman charged with DUI with 3 children in car

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A 40-year-old Augusta woman is in the Richmond County jail after she fled the scene of an accident Wednesday while driving under the influence with three children in the vehicle, police say.

Valerie Rene Garrett has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely, driving while license suspended, driving under the influence, no child safety restraint and three counts of driving under the influence with a passenger under 14 years of age.  SPECIAL
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Valerie Rene Garrett has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely, driving while license suspended, driving under the influence, no child safety restraint and three counts of driving under the influence with a passenger under 14 years of age.


According to Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay, Valerie Rene Garrett, of Fox Trace Drive, was driving north on Walton Way Extension around 6:40 p.m. when she hit the back of a vehicle stopped in the left turn lane at the Wheeler Road intersection.

The driver told deputies that the woman stepped out of her vehicle and looked at the damage before she got back in and made a U-turn.

Garret’s black Ford Explorer was later spotted in the Jackson and Wrightsboro roads area. A deputy found Garrett to be intoxicated with three children, ages 4 to 7, in the vehicle.

Garrett has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely, driving while license suspended, driving under the influence, no child safety restraint and three counts of driving under the influence with a passenger under 14 years of age.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/30/12 - 09:34 am
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OMG

3 kids in the car....now what were you thinking...:(

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/30/12 - 09:45 am
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allhans
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allhans 08/30/12 - 09:54 am
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Maybe singing "How high I

Maybe singing "How high I am"....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/30/12 - 09:55 am
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Athletics

Do you reckon she was taking the kids to soccer practice?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/30/12 - 10:20 am
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What relationship is she to

What relationship is she to those chdren and where are their parents?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/30/12 - 10:23 am
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Sorry, iPhone, make that,

Sorry, iPhone, make that, "children".

stillamazed
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stillamazed 08/30/12 - 10:56 am
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When will they ever learn????

Sure glad I wasn't traveling in her path. I just don't get it....don't drink and drive, even if you think you can drive well you can't and it is against the law. I feel no sympathy what so ever.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 08/30/12 - 11:16 am
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Sad

This is sad, but it's what we have come to expect.

fishman960
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fishman960 08/30/12 - 11:23 am
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Child endangerment

Sadly, we are in the "me" philosophy of thinking. No one wants to think about the others they might do harm to.

Until we hold people responsible for their own actions, this will only get worse.
"It's not my fault because 'whatever reason'" is the norm these days.
Makes me sick....

lynn7044
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lynn7044 08/30/12 - 11:30 am
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Well this couldn't be her first

Look, it was unfair to the kids for her to play God. What gives her that right to do this to children who can't decide for themself. I hope she is still in jail. If they are her kids she should not get any of them back. There father should get them so that she will have no way of talking to them or a family member who is out of the area so that those kids can have a change with a life.
This is why RCBOE say what they do about kids not having parents who are responsibly for them. Teachers are working over time to feel in the loop for lazy parents.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/30/12 - 01:09 pm
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Crowded Place

The Walton Way Ext. / Wheeler Rd. area at 6:30 is dangerous enough with everybody sober.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/31/12 - 10:37 am
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I seriously doubt there is

I seriously doubt there is one in the picture.

"There father should get them so that she will have no way of talking to them "

r
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r 08/31/12 - 06:04 pm
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How do you know the fater is better...

Maybe they need a new home all the way around!!

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