Franklin mom pleads guilty to DUI with child in car - WKRN News 2

Franklin mom pleads guilty to DUI with child in car

Posted: Updated: Nov 20, 2012 02:34 PM CST
Mary Alice Neal was charged with DUI, failure to report a crash and leaving the scene of a crash for the June 26 incident. Mary Alice Neal was charged with DUI, failure to report a crash and leaving the scene of a crash for the June 26 incident.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

A Franklin mother pleaded guilty Tuesday to DUI nearly five months after she was arrested for a drunken driving spree around a busy shopping area with her five-year-old daughter in the back seat.

Mary Alice Neal was immediately taken into custody to serve a 30-day sentence at the Williamson County jail following her acknowledgement of a guilty plea reached with prosecutors.

"She's very remorseful and is doing well under the circumstances," Neal's attorney Mark Puryear told Nashville's News 2 following the proceedings.

His client had two other charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to immediately notify of an accident dismissed.

Neal also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs, along with agreeing to one year of probation for a suspended one year sentence.

She is also required to spend three hours a week in counseling during her year long probation, attend an alcohol safety school and drive only with a restricted license in vehicles equipped with an interlock ignition device.

Neal fled the scene after striking a vehicle with her Chevrolet Tahoe at the intersection of Mallory Lane and South Springs Drive on June 26.

As she fled, she rear-ended a semi-truck stopped on Perimeter Drive near Galleria Boulevard.

Neal was still behind the wheel of the SUV when officers arrived.  Her daughter was restrained in the back seat and not injured.

Officers found two empty vodka bottles in Neal's vehicle and a vodka bottle that was more than half empty.

Neil's 30-day sentence and $1,000 fine is the minimum allowed by law for having a child in the vehicle at the time of a DUI arrest.

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