Woman ingests vodka through feeding tube in Forsyth County

Single-car crash leads to her DUI arrest



CUMMING, Ga. —A woman who ingested vodka through her feeding tube before crashing her car was arrested March 28.

Laurie Schmidt, 39, of Kennesaw, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane, according to a Forsyth County Deputy’s report.

At 11:15 a.m. March 28, deputies responded to a single-car accident in the 5000 block of Matt Highway. Schmidt’s blue Mercury Mountaineer ran off the road and she was trapped inside the SUV.

A witness told deputies she saw a syringe in the floorboard of the SUV.

Deputies also found an open bottle of orange-flavored Smirnoff Vodka.

Schmidt was transported to Northside Hospital Forsyth to be treated for her injuries.

At the hospital, deputies continued to question Schmidt, who allegedly said she had two shots of the vodka at 10 a.m.

The deputies asked Schmidt why there was a syringe in the car. Schmidt said she used it for her feeding tube.

The deputy asked to see the syringe. He saw clear liquid inside and noticed the syringe smelled like the orange-flavored vodka.

Schmidt then told deputies she consumed the vodka by putting it in her feeding tube.

Schmidt was cited for DUI and failure to maintain lane, both misdemeanors.

She was not transported to the Forsyth County Detention Center because of her medical condition.

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