Drunk driver 3 times legal limit, crashed car with 4 kids inside

Drunk driver was 3 times legal limit, crashed car with 4 kids inside

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GARY, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The 23-year-old mother of four young children scored more than three times the legal limit for alcohol after she crashed a friend's car into a bridge abutment in Miller early Tuesday.

Only one of the four children — ranging in age from 4 months to 5 years — was properly restrained. One of the woman's 3-year-olds suffered a broken femur in the crash.

Pamela Hunter, a resident of Miller Village Apartments, was arrested at the hospital after police received a .25 percent blood alcohol content.

She was driving on Grand Boulevard at a railroad bridge near 3rd Avenue about 3:25 a.m. when she hit the bridge support beam, causing the car to catch on fire. A man who was also in the Chevrolet Impala removed the children, who have been placed in foster care.

The infant was in a child restraint seat, but the others, ages 5, 3 and 3 years old, were not, police said. The two 3-year-olds are not twins.

Hunter was being held while Detective Cpl. Shauna Poirier-Peter investigates the case.

Hunter does not have a valid license, police said.

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