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Mother gets DUI with child in back seat

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Taken away in handcuffs, right before her child's eyes, 40-year-old Molly Pok of admitted she made a huge mistake Sunday morning.

"I never wanted to be like that but it's a wrong decision, I had to come home and take my kid home," said Pok.

The arrest warrant says Pok was driving up Jeff Davis Highway when a cop spotted her swerving car. The officer said Pok was weaving in and out of her lane - at one point almost side swiping another vehicle.

According to the police arrest warrant, when the officer approached Molly's car he was able to smell alcohol on her breath then he looked to the back seat and saw a 3-year-old boy who wasn't buckled up.

Pok told us she took a bunch of sobriety tests that didn't go well.

"It's a terrible mistake that I wouldn't go through this again," said Pok.

As embarrassed as she is now, charged with DUI and child endangerment, according to the group MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, parents who drive drunk with their kids in the car is not uncommon.

Almost 2/3 of all the children who are killed in drunk driving crashes are passengers of the drunk driver.

"That's a startling statistic, to have children out there and be put at risk, they have no choice in the matter, they have to get in the car," said Chris Konschak of MADD.

MADD fights to keep drunk drivers off the streets and hopes Molly learned her lesson.

"We don't want to have more children killed by a family member. We also don't want to have other people put at risk by a drunk driver," said Konschak.

Pok said she's grateful her son is safe and no one was hurt.

"Everybody love that little one to death. I'm so blessed everybody want to take care of him but I'm in trouble you know," said Pok.

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