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Mom busted for DUI after dropping son off at school

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GEORGETOWN, GA (WTVM) -  Quitman County Sheriff's officials say a Georgetown mom was driving under the influence of drugs and fading in and out of consciousness as she dropped her son off at school Wednesday morning.

"She said she had taken her son to summer school and she was just trying to get back home. She was definitely in no shape at all to be driving," said Quitman County Sheriff's Deputy Jamie Ming.

But 34-year-old Barbara Thornton didn't make it very far.

Employees here at the Big Cat gas station about a half mile from the school say whenThornton pulled into the parking lot, she almost hit the owner's car as he was pulling away. After that, they say she nearly struck a pole before passing out in her car. They say they tried to shake her awake but she was incoherent.

When sheriff's deputies got there, they say Thornton was unable to take a field sobriety test.

"She could not keep her balance. She had real slurred speech. She kept closing her eyes and falling asleep," Ming said.

Thornton told authorities she had taken medicine.

According to Quitman County Superior Court documents, she has already been in trouble with the law.

She pled guilty to the possession of cocaine in March and was sentenced to probation.

"It concerns me anytime a driver is driving in that condition especially with a child in the car. The child could have been injured or killed, someone on the way to or from school could have been injured or killed and it's just unfortunate that she decided to drive," Quitman County Sheriff Steve Newton said.

"It's real obvious she could have hurt someone a lot worse or hurt herself because going in and out of consciousness is not something you want to be doing behind the wheel of a vehicle," Ming added.

By law, Barbara Thornton's driver's license has been suspended because authorities say she refused to give them a sample of her blood and urine after she could not complete her field sobriety test.

She was booked into the Miller County Jail Wednesday on her DUI charge.

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