Okaloosa Island hit-and-run suspect charged with DUI and child neglect

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Taylor Smith

OKALOOSA ISLAND — A Georgia woman was arrested earlier this week after allegedly driving away from the scene of a collision, with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit and with a young child in the vehicle.

Taylor Smith, 24, of Warner Robbins, Georgia, was taken into custody Tuesday near the sea wall on Okaloosa Island, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office news release.

The OCSO received multiple calls describing Smith's car after it reportedly sideswiped another vehicle and kept heading west on U.S. Highway 98.

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Smith reportedly became belligerent and began staggering and slurring her speech during the traffic stop. According to OCSO officials, she also refused to get back into her car after walking into the travel lane.

Breath samples resulted in blood alcohol results of 0.176 and 0.181, the release said. Under Florida law, an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level is .08 or above.

Smith was arrested for driving under the influence. She also was charged with child neglect after a deputy found a 3-year-old in her damaged car during the traffic stop.

The child was turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families. The Florida Highway Patrol is handling the traffic crash investigation.