By David Ibata
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A 53-year-old grandmother from Alpharetta told Channel 2 Action News she’s embarrassed and remorseful after police arrested her for allegedly driving drunk with her 3-year-old grandson in back seat of her car.
Police said Glenda Ferguson admitted to officers she had beer at home before getting behind the wheel Tuesday night. Officers said she blew a stop sign at an intersection in Milton, and when she was stopped, she reeked of alcohol.
In an interview with Channel 2 Action News on Friday, Ferguson denied being drunk but apologized for her actions.
“I’m very embarrassed about it. I’m very remorseful for it. I wish I hadn’t done it. But people make mistakes,” she said. “You can’t tell me there’s not one person that drinks alcohol that’s never had their child in the car from dinner.”
It was the latest case in recent weeks of an adult allegedly driving drunk with children in the vehicle.
On July 7, Maria Michelle Baylor, 35, of Jackson, Tenn., was arrested and charged with driving more than 90 mph on I-75 southbound near Delk Road in Cobb County. She had her four children, ages 7 to 13, in her 2004 Chevrolet Impala at the time.
Baylor admitted to having alcohol earlier in the day. She failed field sobriety tests and refused a breath test, an arrest warrant states. As she was being arrested, Baylor allegedly threatened a Marietta police officer and his family, leading to an additional charge of terroristic threats.
Last month, a Clayton County woman was charged with driving drunk and child endangerment after she allegedly wiped out a neighborhood picnic area while her two children, ages 4 and 6, were in the car with her.
Cierra Baughcum, 28, had a blood-alcohol content of .392 percent -– nearly five times the legal limit -- when she was arrested June 21 after crashing her Camaro in the Mill Mobile Home Park in Rex.