Woman allegedly drove drunk, crashed, injuring her kids

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 30-year-old Southfield woman faces charges after she allegedly drove drunk, causing a car crash that injured her two children in Highland Park earlier this week, officials said.

Hope Ashley Blakes was arraigned Tuesday in 30th District Court on one count each of operating a motor vehicle with a high blood-alcohol content causing serious injury, operating a motor vehicle while impaired, operating a motor vehicle while while intoxicated with an occupant less than 14, reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Blakes received a $75,000 bond. She has a probable cause conference 9 a.m. Nov. 1 before Judge Brigette Officer-Hill.

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, Blakes allegedly was driving drunk at Hamilton and Grove Streets in Highland Park when she crashed her car, officials said. Her two daughters, ages 7 and 6, and a 45-year-old Oak Park man were passengers in the vehicle, officials said.

They were not wearing seat belts, said Marli Blackman, a spokeswoman for the city said Monday.

Highland Park Police found the two girls injured in the rear of the car. The children were taken to a hospital. The girls were “severely injured” in the crash and tossed around within the car, Blackman said.

Blakes was allegedly drunk and uncooperative with the police when she was arrested at the scene, officials said.


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