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Florida woman accused of driving drunk with unbuckled toddler in back seat – WPEC

Brandy Lerma, a 31-year-old mother from Boynton Beach, is facing charges of child abuse and DUI. (PBSO)


A woman from Boynton Beach, Florida is facing child abuse and DUI charges after a tow truck driver spotted her weaving all over the road.

“I was afraid she was going to kill someone,” said Juan Martinez in a statement to detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Martinez told deputies he saw a woman at the wheel of a gold Chevrolet Malibu, driving all over the place down Haverhill Boulevard near Belvedere Road on Saturday afternoon. He said she nearly hit four cars and looked drunk or under the influence of something. According to the arrest report, he also saw a child in the back seat.

A responding deputy ultimately pulled over the driver, identified as 31-year-old Brandy Lerma.

The deputy wrote in the report a strong smell of alcohol emanated from Lerma’s car, and that she had slurred speech and couldn’t find her driver’s license, despite it being in plain view of the deputy.

Authorities also made note of an unrestrainted 3-year-old child standing in the back seat.

A DUI team responded to give Lerma a roadside test. According to the arrest report, she fell twice during the tests.

Lerma took two breath tests. The results, according to the sheriff’s office, registered a blood alcohol content of .200 and .187. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

The woman told deputies at the scene she took Percocet, Xanax, and drank two fireballs.

She is out on bond and due back in court next month.


After crash, semi catches fire on I-435, driver & dog pulled from burning truck

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A driver was trapped in a burning semi on westbound I-435 and Antioch Wednesday morning. Initially it was reported that firefighters pulled the driver from the truck, but FOX 4 has since heard that a passerby quickly responded and helped the injured driver from the cab.

According to the witness’ husband, his wife was driving on I-435 when she saw the burning truck. Both she and another driver, whom she described as a stranger in his 20s, stopped to help, while other cars drove right by through the thick smoke. They pulled the semi driver and his dog out of the truck, the husband says. She says the driver had a few burn marks, but appeared to be okay overall.

The fire started after a crash with another car, KDOT said.  FOX 4 found the following tweets from drivers who witnessed the aftermath of the crash. We also have a crew on the scene for updates.  Westbound I-435 was closed at US-69 Highway as of 12:30 p.m.  The Antioch ramp onto I-435 was reopened. Ramps to 69-Highway were also reopened. In the video player above, Fox 4’s Kera Mashek shows just how are the backup has reached.

Nick Vasos reports this is the third fiery crash along that stretch of highway in the last five weeks. The area is currently a work zone.

I-435 and Antioch Courtesy: Ricardo Leanos


Motorcyclist dies after serious crash on A41 near Whitchurch

The man, aged in his 70s, died following the crash on the A41 at Prees Heath, near Whitchurch.

The road, which runs between Tern Hill and the junction with the A49 at Prees Heath, remains closed while police investigate.

Paramedics carried out treatment at the roadside but the man died at the scene. The crash happened at about 2.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, Murray MacGregor, said a police community support officer first went to the aid of the rider.

He said: “Ambulance staff took over and carried out advanced life support.

“Tragically, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene. No-one else was hurt.”

A rapid response vehicle, two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene.

West Mercia Police spokeswoman Laura Maltby said an investigationg is under way and officers are keen to speak to witnesses.


She said: “It happened on the A41 Higher Heath road at around 2.15pm and involved a blue Yamaha motorbike, a black Volkswagen, a blue Saab and an HGV lorry.

“The rider of the motorbike, a man in his 70s, suffered fatal injuries and the road remains closed at this time.

“Officers are keen to speak with anyone who saw the incident, who saw the vehicles and the manner in which they were being driven prior to the collision.

“We are advising motorists to avoid the area and find alternative routes including via Knowles Lane.”


Julian Taylor, a fellow motorcyclist from Wolverhampton, said he was coming back from Chester and came upon the scene of the accident just moments after it had happened.

He said the man had been ahead of him, but he lost sight of him only to then see a police car ahead and the rider and motorcycle on the ground at the scene.

“I had followed him for five to 10 minutes, he was just 200 yards in front of me,” he said.

“I’ve been riding 46 years, but to see a lad die like that, and I don’t even know his name, I had the most awful ride back. I’ve come back with tears in my eyes,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 362S of August 16.

The road is likely to be closed for some time into this evening.