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Unhappy Mother’s Day: Intoxicated Indiana Mom Hits Pedestrian, Tosses Liquor Bottles From Car, Cops Say

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May 15 2023, Published 12:33 p.m. ET

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An Indiana woman was arrested on Mother’s Day after she caused a hit-and-run crash with her daughter and her daughter’s friend inside the car, according to authorities.

On May 14, witnesses told police the driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as 37-year-old Kayce Houchin, allegedly hit a pedestrian on the road with her vehicle and did not stop, WANE reported.

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After getting hit, the victim flew into the air, according to witnesses. Houchin was also allegedly circling the area in her car, throwing what appeared to be liquor bottles from the window, officials said.

Officers pulled Houchin over and found her child and her child’s friend inside the vehicle with her, police said.

While questioning the suspect, police said Houchin admitted to taking a shot of alcohol two hours before driving as well as prescribed Adderall earlier in the evening, according to WANE.

The arrest report states Houchin had slurred speech, droopy eyes and had the smell of alcohol on her breath. Police said they gave Houchin several field sobriety tests, which she allegedly failed.

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Houchin blew a .077 on a preliminary breath test, but she blamed her asthma for her inability to take a certified breathalyzer test, officials said.

She was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County jail. She was charged with leaving the scene of a crash, operating a vehicle while intoxicated - endangerment, neglect of dependent/child violations, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, authorities said.

Police did not provide any updates on the victim’s injuries nor their current condition.

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