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Police say Louisville mother involved in DUI crash with two young children inside

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Jessica Douglas (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Jessica Douglas (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a mother authorities say crashed a car while driving under the influence with her two young children in the vehicle.

Jessica Douglas, 27, was arrested on Friday on I-64 near Grinstead Drive. According to the arrest report, Douglas was traveling west on I-64. As she passed Grinstead Drive, authorities say a witness stated Douglas entered traffic "too fast and swerved right to miss hitting the cars" and "then left across the fast lane into the guard rail."

Investigators say Douglas' 6-year-old child hit the vehicle's windshield and sustained a head injury. According to the arrest report, the child was sitting in the front passenger seat without a seat belt at the time of the crash.The child was taken to the hospital to be treated.

Authorities say her second child, who is two-years-old, was thrown from a car seat and that the child was not properly secured.

Police say as an officer approached Douglas, she was on her phone. According to the arrest report, Douglas and the vehicle smelled of marijuana. Authorities say "her speech was raspy and quiet and her eyes appeared bloodshot." She was transported by EMS, according to officials.

Authorities say an unmarked bottle containing suspected Xanax pills was in plain view on the passenger seat floorboard. Authorities also say Douglas told police "she was not on anything." She was not able to perform field sobriety tests.

Officials say Douglas initially agreed to a blood test, but then refused to take the test after speaking to her attorney by phone.

Police also say the address on Douglas' license was incorrect.

Douglas faces several charges including DUI, failure to use a child restrain device, wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, assault, possession of a controlled substance and failure to notify an address change to the Department of Transportation.

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