DUI Mom Crashes with Her Child in the Car

A Main Line mother has been charged with DUI when she crashed her car with both her 2-year-old son and two family dogs in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Tony Fischer

Grace Tuten, 32, of the 1000 block of Clover Hill Road in Wynnewood, faces the charges of DUI, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions.

According to investigators, Tuten sheered a utility pole with her Volvo station wagon in the 700 block of Williamson Road in Bryn Mawr, then crossed the road with her car, hitting a mailbox and a large rock. The accident occurred just after 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

No serious injuries were reported, as a result of the accident. However, according to police the 2-year-old was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The dogs that were being carried in the cargo area of the vehicle were also unharmed in the accident.

Police report that a breathalyzer test shows that Tuten had a blood alcohol content of .28%, well over the legal limit of .08%.

Tuten’s bail was set at $5,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing has been set for next week.

Since February 2, of 2004 in the state of Pennsylvania, there are three categories a DUI driver will fall into based on the level of the alcohol in their system. These are:

a)  .08%-.099%

b)  .10% – .159%

c)  .16% and higher

In this particular case, since the driver blew a .28% BAC or Blood Alcohol Content, this places her in the most severe class of DUI drivers.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI driving, give the law offices of Steven E. Kellis a call or fill out our contact form for any questions or evaluation. The initial consultation and review of your case by Mr. Kellis is free.