Trigger: Mention of harm to a child.
Drinking and driving is a preventable crime that's both stupid and reckless. Despite this being common knowledge, people continue to do it on a regular basis. Drinking in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is when you get behind the wheel while drunk. Yet parents still drink and drive- and the consequences of doing so are terrible.
In Wickenburg, Illinois, one mom is facing serious charges after allegedly running over her own daughter. The mom in question is 38-year-old Jennifer Coppedge, and she's facing a laundry list of charges from this incident. Thankfully, the unidentified 15-year-old girl has survived and will be okay despite the traumatizing ordeal.
Coppedge's daughter told officers from the Wickenburg Police Department that this incident took place this past weekend. This was when Coppedge herself went to pick up her daughter, who noticed that her mother was intoxicated. Not long after that, the daughter jumped out of the vehicle, at which point her mother allegedly ran over her leg. Worse, Coppedge's 12-year-old son and two-year-old daughter (both of who are also unnamed) were in the car at the time of the alleged incident.
Police have since clarified that the teen didn't appear to have made contact with the vehicle itself. According to one spokesperson, "the daughter’s injuries are consistent with her report of falling out of the vehicle and hitting the ground." While the extent of her injuries has yet to be revealed, it sounds like she's going to make a full recovery.
It's worth pointing out that Coppedge had been arrested for aggravated DUI back in 2007. She was later convicted and- after spending an undisclosed amount of time in prison- she was placed on probation. Her vehicle is fitted with a breath-analyzing ignition interlock device, which prevents the car's engine from starting if it detects alcohol from the user. It's wired to the ignition and installed onto the dashboard. In the state of Arizona, they're supposed to be regularly monitored by the Department of Transportation. Yet it's been alleged that Coppedge had her pre-teen son exhale into the device prior to the aforementioned incident.
Coppedge has been arrested and charged with DUI and reckless child abuse and is also being held on charges of child endangerment and aggravated DUI with an interlock device. It's currently unknown if she's still in jail or not, what her bond is (if she has one), as well as whether or not she's retained a lawyer.