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Pinellas deputies: Dunedin woman had child, drugs in car during hit--run crash

DUNEDIN — A woman without a valid driver's license was high on prescription medication and had a 4-year-old boy in her vehicle when she was involved in a hit-and-run crash Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The woman had left another child — an 11-year-old boy — home alone during the incident, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Rachel J. Cullen, 27, of 1763 Main St., Apt. H-229, Dunedin, is charged with child neglect, driving with a suspended or revoked license, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and drug possession.

The reports do not disclose the woman's relationship to the children.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Cullen was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant when she hit two vehicles about 2 p.m. at Main Street and King Arthur's Court, just west of Belcher Road.

No one was injured, officials said.

Cullen drove away and soon hit another car on U.S. 19 near Republic Drive, where she was taken into custody, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Cullen was "incoherent" on the way to Mease Countryside Hospital, where she was taken for undisclosed reasons after the second crash. Cullen was combative with hospital staffers and "originally had no recollection" about the accidents, reports state.

In her purse, deputies found marijuana, a glass pipe, rolling papers and several prescription pill bottles containing "numerous medications" without valid prescriptions, according to the reports.

The children were released to a family member, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tuesday afternoon, Cullen was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $26,150 bail.

She was convicted of driving under the influence in 2006 and pleaded no contest to a battery charge in 2010, according to Pinellas court records.

Pinellas deputies: Dunedin woman had child, drugs in car during hit--run crash 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 7:37pm]
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