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Woman charged with child neglect after DUI crash

PORT RICHEY— A woman is charged with driving under the influence and causing a car crash about 8 p.m. Wednesday on Embassy Boulevard that injured herself and a child.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver, Melissa Giles, 30, was incoherent after she drove in a turn lane and crashed into another car. An empty bottle of Oxycodone was found next to her, and Xanax and Methadone were found in her back pack, according to highway patrol.

Giles – who told authorities she has no permanent address and has been "bouncing" around – was taken to the hospital, as well as the child who was a passenger in the vehicle.

The report does not say how old the child is or the relationship to Giles. The child was treated and released that day. Giles was treated, arrested on charges of DUI causing injury and child neglect and transferred to the Land O'Lakes jail, where she is being held without bail.

No information was available on the other car involved in the crash.

Woman charged with child neglect after DUI crash 05/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 3:47pm]
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