Woman crashes van with two children inside, arrested for OWI

Posted at 8:53 AM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 08:53:38-04

COLUMBIA TWP., Mich. – A 23-year-old woman spent the night in the Van Buren County Jail after crashing her minivan while drunk and with two young children inside.

The crash happened about 9:30pm Tuesday on CR 384, just west of 46 1/2 Street in Columbia Township.

Deputies say that the woman, who is from the Decatur area, was heading east on CR 384 when she lost control and rolled her 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan and crashed into some trees.  Deputies smelled alcohol and the woman admitted to them she had been drinking.  They found her to have a blood alcohol content of 0.12.  The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08.

Also in the van were a three-year-old and six-year-old child who had not been in child restraints.  They were taken to a hospital in South Haven for minor injuries.

The woman was arrested for OWI, Operating Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated with 2 children and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Drivers License.

Her name will be released after formal charges are filed.

Photo from Van Buren Co. Sheriff