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Report: Intoxicated woman let 9-year-old drive, held toddler on lap


A Clover woman was arrested after deputies say she let a nine-year-old girl drive her car while the woman was intoxicated with a toddler on her lap.

Carol Ann Goforth, 46, was arrested on Thursday and charged with driving under suspension, driving under the influence, child passenger restraint system article violation, permitting unauthorized person to drive, and two counts of children/legal custodian, unlawful neglect of a child/helpless person.

The incident began around 5 p.m. on Stroupe Road when deputies received a call about an intoxicated woman with two young children in her car, one of whom was driving the vehicle.

The caller told the deputies that a woman, later identified as Goforth, came to her home with the children asking about a car. The caller said that Goforth appeared to be intoxicated, and that when she left, one of the children was driving the car.

Deputies went to Stroupe Road and found the vehicle, a Honda Accord, pulling out of another driveway. They said that Goforth was driving, but had her two-year-old son on her lap. The other child, a nine-year-old girl, was in the passenger seat.

The deputies pulled over the vehicle and gave Goforth a sobriety test, during which Goforth was "not making much sense about anything" and "admitted it was a bad thing to endanger the life of her small son and her friend's child," according to the report.

The report also states that Goforth "had a very flippant attitude and was not concerned with what would happen to her son."

Deputies then asked the nine-year-old, whose mother they say Goforth was staying with, if she had been driving the car and she told them that she had.

Goforth was then arrested on the charges. The young girl was returned to her mother, who deputies say did not know Goforth had left with her daughter, and the boy was taken to his father.

Goforth was taken to the Moss Justice Center, where she remained on a $16,567.50 bond as of Monday afternoon.

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