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Police: Four Terrified Kids Jump Out of Mother’s Car Who Was Drinking and Driving

January 24, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Police: Four Terrified Kids Jump Out of Mother’s Car Who Was Drinking and Driving Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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A Florida mother in Gainesville was arrested on child neglect and drug charges after four children told police they jumped out of the car she was driving because she was intoxicated, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Angela R. Woodworth, 45,  was charged Tuesday with four felony counts of child neglect, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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Police say the four 11 year-old children included Woodworth’s son and his three friends. They told police they entered a Steak ‘n Shake at 3714 SW 42nd St. claiming Woodworth was drunk and in fear they jumped out of the car she was driving.

“It was like a little girl screaming for help,” said Kenisha Drayton, who witnessed the incident. “We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”

The kids two boys and two girls were helped by a patron, Josh Kramer, who was eating at the Steak ‘N Shake when the children ran inside.

Kramer said of the incident: “One of the boys told me his mom, they just left Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road, She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”

Kramer immediately called 911 and while he was on the phone with a dispatcher, Woodworth appeared and began screaming at the children, insisting they come with her.

“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant,” Kramer said. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”

According to the responding officer, when he arrived at the scene, the four children ran to him for safety.

“They were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space,” GPD Officer Ben Tobias said. “We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”

Police said the children told them that during the day Woodworth drove them from their home in Interlachen to Gainesville, where they went to several locations, including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley — where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer — and Ruby Tuesday, where she had four drinks. Police confirmed the purchase of the drinks with charge receipts. The children said they roamed the mall unsupervised while Woodworth was at Ruby Tuesday.

Officers said Woodworth refused to comply with them and interfered with the investigation when they first made contact with her. They also said she showed signs of extreme impairment.

Police said a search of Woodworth’s vehicle revealed about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.

Woodworth was arrested and officers notified the Department of Children and Families. Police said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and the boy’s three friends were returned to their parents.

“Hopefully she gets the help that she needs and the punishment that she deserves to put somebody’s kids and her own kids behind that kind of dangerous situation right there,” said Travis Smith, who witnessed the incident. “I’ll pray for her.”

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