A 22-year-old female driver, who police say was drunk, and her 1-year old daughter were ejected from their car during a rollover crash in Fenton on Friday night, according to police.
Police arrived on scene near Center Road and Old US 23 to find Teddyjo Fliam, of Fenton, and her daughter thrown from their 1997 Toyota Four Runner, according to a press release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s office.
Police say the girl was thrown from the vehicle because she was not properly restrained in her car seat. Fliam’s 4-year-old son, however, was still in the car when police arrived on scene, and was wearing his seat belt.
Witnesses told police that Fliam ran a stop sign at Old US 23 and then continued driving westbound on Center Road where she crossed the center line. Fliam then swerved to avoid an oncoming car, according to the report, overcompensated and ran off the road where she lost control. Fliam’s car overturned after striking an embankment on the south side of the road
Results from a breath test taken on scene showed Fliam’s blood alcohol content to be .185, according to the sheriff’s department, which is slightly over two times the legal limit in Michigan of .08.
Fliam and her children were transported to University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor were they were listed in serious condition but expected to recover from their injuries, according to the report.
The Livingston County Sheriff Department will be forwarding the case to the Prosecutor’s Office for Operating While Intoxicated (Child Endangerment) along with child abuse and neglect.
Deputies were assisted on scene by the Livingston County EMS and Fenton Township Fire Department.