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DUI suspect cited for endangering children

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

A woman driving southbound near the Tara Boulevard exit on Interstate 75 early Thursday morning, has been cited for driving under the influence, and four counts of endangering a child under 14, after reportedly flipping her vehicle.

According to Clayton County Police, Sonya L. Morris, 40, of Jonesboro, apparently lost control of her black, 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe at approximately 1:49 a.m., on Thursday, while coming home from a family gathering.

Police spokesperson, Officer Otis Willis, III, said Morris told officers at the scene that she was struck by another vehicle. He said investigators found, however, that she lost control resulting in it overturning.

"She said there was another vehicle involved, but apparently, she lost control, according to the investigators," Willis said. "The vehicle went toward the wall and overturned."

According to Willis, four children -- ages 2, 8, 10 and 11 -- were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The children were taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Morris was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, all with minor injuries.

Willis said he did not know, Thursday, if the children are related to Morris.

According to Willis, Morris admitted to investigators that she had had approximately three glasses of wine earlier in the evening. She was cited for failure to maintain lane, driving under the influence of alcohol, and four counts of endangering a child under 14 years of age.