Woman drives into downtown building with child in car

by Wes Mayer

A woman was arrested Tuesday after driving off the street into the side of the Newnan Post Office on Greenville Street.

Off icer Roxanne Benefield with the Newnan Police Department arrived shortly after 6 a.m. to find the driver of a 1997 Toyota Camry asleep at the wheel. The car had been stopped by one of the corners of the Newnan federal building and post office after the woman apparently fell asleep while driving.

According to Benefield's report, the car was still in gear and the engine was running. Benefield noticed the woman did not have on her seat belt, there was an open container in the center console, a lit candle spilling wax in the front passenger seat and more unopened alcoholic drinks lying inside the vehicle.

Most importantly, Benefield found a young girl, identified as the driver's daughter, in a child safety seat in the back seat. The child was alert and uninjured, Benefield said.

Benefield was able to wake up the woman with a sternal rub. However, the driver only mumbled something and tried to go back to sleep, Benefield said. Benefield performed a second sternal rub, woke the woman up again and was able to keep her awake to answer questions.

The woman did not immediately respond to Benefield's questions, but eventually said her name was Krystal Reynolds. She continued to slowly answer Benefield's questions and said she was not injured, that her license was at her father's home, and she gave Benefield her date of birth. Benefield ran 'Krystal Reynolds'' information in the system and it came up negative.

The woman was asked to step out of the vehicle, and when she got out, she had to steady herself with her car. Benefield noted her eyes were bloodshot, her speech was slurred and she had a strong odor of alcohol coming off her breath. Benefield asked the woman to blow into an Alco-Sensor, and it read .246.

EMS then arrived on scene to check on 'Reynolds' and the child, and neither needed medical treatment.

According to Benefield's report, the driver was asked who to call to take custody of her child, and the driver's aunt was called. The aunt arrived to pick up the child and gave authorities the driver's correct date of birth and name - Kadea Starsha Ayers, 23. Ayers' name was run in the system and she had an outstanding warrant in Bibb County.

Ayers was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol - child endangerment, interfering with officers, open container, a seat belt violation, failure to maintain lane, and not being able to exhibit her license on command. She was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where she was medically cleared under her correct name, and then she was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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