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DUI driver arrested with child in car in Alpharetta


May 13, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A preschool teacher was arrested May 4 after she allegedly was driving erratically and hit another vehicle on Ga. 400. Her young daughter was in the vehicle at the time.

The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Ga. 400. Police were called after a driver on the highway said she was hit by an erratic driver near Old Milton Parkway.

Police pulled the suspect vehicle over near Windward Parkway, noting it was swerving, "taking up both lanes of travel and going into the median."

It took more than a mile for the vehicle to stop after police engaged a pursuit

Sierra Jean Lindgren, 35, of Sandy Springs, a teacher at an Alpharetta preschool, was allegedly disoriented and confused when approached by police, and was unable to answer basic questions.

She denied drinking alcohol or taking medication and a breath test tested negative for alcohol.

Her 3-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the sport utility vehicle at the time.

"The arresting officer is a state-recognized drug recognition expert (DRE)," said Alpharetta Public Safety spokesman George Gordon. "It is the arresting officer's belief based upon his expert training and experience that the accused was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a substance which caused significant impairment."

A blood sample was taken to determine the cause of Lindgren's problems. It was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for testing.

Lindgren was arrested for DUI drugs, DUI child endangerment, fleeing police, hit and run and failure to maintain lane.

The vehicle and Lindgren's daughter were turned over to family members.

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