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Knoxville mother accused of driving under the influence in crash that injured her 2 children

According to KPD, the driver Farren Neely was found unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel. Neely was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 9:39 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Officials with the Knoxville Police Department said a woman was charged after reportedly driving under the influence with her two children in the vehicle.

Police responded to a crash on 4th Avenue at Hall of Fame Drive on Monday, March 29, around 6:45 p.m. When officers arrived on the scene they observed a black Ford Edge attempt to cross over Hall of Fame and collided with a retaining wall of the west side of Hall of Fame.

According to KPD, the driver Farren Neely was found unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel. Neely was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Officers located two children under 5-years-old in the backseat of the vehicle. The children were also transported to UT Medical Center. One of the children suffered a head injury, according to officials.

Police said, when they made contact with Neely at the hospital, she had slurred speech and dilated pupils. Neely reportedly struggled to remember the spelling of one of her children’s names and the birthdate of the other.

Hospital staff told police they had not given Neely any medication to impact her speech or memory. Neely later told hospital staff she had taken Methodone earlier in the day.

According to police records, Neely’s license was revoked for a DUI on January 3, 2018.

Neely was charged with DUI and driving with a revoked license.

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