Drunken woman speeds down I-75 with two kids in car

By: Terry Oparka | Online Only | Published September 20, 2011

Two children told police they planned to jump from a speeding car a Warren woman was driving on the freeway during rush hour because they didn’t want to die.

Troy police received a report of a vehicle driving erratically and speeding on I-75, at Adams Road, at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 18. Police clocked the driver, Betty Jean Turner, 46, at speeds of over 90 mph, according to reports.

She did not initially stop for officers, police said.

When Turner finally did stop and officers approached the vehicle, they discovered two children, a 7-year-old female, Turner’s daughter, and a 9-year-old female, a family friend, in the back seat.

The girls reportedly told officers that Turner was speeding and they were going to jump out of the car because they didn’t want to die, Troy police officer Andy Breidenich said.

Police said that Turner had slurred speech and failed sobriety tests.

She reportedly blew 0.23 on a Breathalyzer test, nearly three times over the legal limit, and was driving on a suspended license.

The children were transported to Troy Police Headquarters, where relatives picked them up.

Turner was arraigned Sept. 19 in 52-4 District Court on charges of child endangerment, second offense, and drunken driving, third offense.

She appeared in court without an attorney.