A Johnston County woman pulled over early Saturday morning for speeding in Downtown Clayton faces a misdemeanor charge of child abuse after Clayton Police said she was driving while impaired with her 3-year-old child in the car.
Around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Clayton Police stopped Holly Grace Cooke at the railroad crossing on North O’Neil Street after having clocked her silver Buick Encore traveling 46 mph in a 25-mph zone. Cooke, 32, lives south of Clayton on Coral Ridge Road.
When the officer approached the SUV, all four windows were down and a strong smell of alcohol was apparent, according to police reports. When asked, Cooke allegedly confirmed that she had been drinking. There were three passengers in the vehicle, including her 3-year-old.
After police said she failing a field sobriety test, Cooke consented to an breath-alcohol test and registered BACs of 0.17 and 0.18.
Clayton Police arrested Cooke at 1:31 a.m. and transported her to the Clayton Law Enforcement Center. Cooke was charged with misdemeanor child abuse (non-assaultive), driving while impaired and speeding.
At the station, Cooke attempted to take the Breathalyzer test but was too emotionally distraught to blow properly into the machine, according to police reports. Unable to obtain a sufficient test, Clayton Police had to record the incident as though Cooke had refused the test. Officers transported Cooke to the Johnston County Jail, where her bond was set at $1,000.