An Augusta woman pleaded guilty Monday to crashing her car while driving drunk, injuring her two children.
Chasity Weston, 28, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence and two counts of endangering a child by driving under the influence.
Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced her to two years in prison followed by eight years on probation. Brown said he would suspend the incarceration if Weston attended the Day Reporting Center and all drug and alcohol counseling available.
Weston and her children were ejected from her burning car just after 11 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011, when she drove off the road and flipped
the Ford Mustang in the 4800 block of Mike Padgett Highway.
At the hospital, Weston’s blood alcohol level was 0.18, well past the legal limit, said Assistant District Attorney Laura Stewart.
It wasn’t her first time driving drunk with the children. In 2010, she pleaded guilty to DUI and two counts of violating the child restraint law.
Assistant Public Defender Lee Prescott said Weston’s son, who was 4 at the time of the crash, was seriously injured but has fully recovered. Her daughter, then 5, was also injured but has recovered.
Weston’s physical recovery continues, Prescott said. Medical treatment has already cost more than $3 million and doctors anticipate more surgeries in the years ahead, Prescott said. She has stopped drinking and attends counseling regularly, he said.
Two additional conditions of her sentence are no drinking and no driving of any vehicle. Brown ordered 100 hours of community service, which he said can include speaking to groups about drunken driving.
“I swear to God I will never, ever drink again,” Weston told the judge. She said she wants to talk to school kids and other groups about how “stupid” drinking is.
“Nothing is worth this,” she said.