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Daughter Turns in Mother for DUI

A daughter, so concerned for her personal safety and that of others on the road, had her own mother turned in for driving under the influence of alcohol. The woman begged the clerk at a convenience store to call 911 before her mother hurt someone.

A dash cam video recorded the traffic stop and arrest that ultimately followed that phone call. The video shows Donna Dodgen, 52, of Thomaston, Georgia, having difficulty passing field sobriety tests. In the officer’s report, he states that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the woman’s breath.

There is nothing out of the ordinary about the arrest. In fact, it went down like any other. If there is anything that makes it newsworthy, it is that it was the woman’s daughter who had the wherewithal to turn the woman in.

According to the arrest report, Dodgen was driving with her 28-year-old daughter and 10-year-old granddaughter in the vehicle. The three stopped at a store on Highway 58, and it was then that the daughter asked the clerk to dial 911. The daughter was unable to driver, according to police, due to a head injury she sustained in a vehicle collision. The woman told the clerk that she feared for the safety of herself and her daughter because her mother was unable to maintain her lane.

Dodgen was charged with speed under the minimum, weaving in the roadway, DUI, and endangering a child under 14 while DUI. The police are calling the daughter’s actions heroic.

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