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Mother accused of DUI in Tallahassee high-speed chase violates release conditions, again

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Posted at 1:05 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 09:33:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A mother whose 6-year-old son was hospitalized after she lead police on a high-speed chase through Tallahassee in last year is back in jail after testing positive for drugs -- for the second time. 

Carrie Keeton was rearrested on Wednesday for violating the terms of her pretrial release.

According to court documents, Keeton tested positive for cocaine on April 17. When asked about the results, she denied any new usage. 

Her release conditions required that she abstain from illegal drugs or alcohol and submit to random urinalysis and alcohol tests two times per week.

This is the second time Keeton has violated her pretrial release.

According to an incident report from a recovery center in Tallahassee, Keeton was complaining to staff that she wasn't feeling well in November 2017. 

The recovery center staff investigated after Keeton was discharged from the hospital, and found she was using drugs on the premises. She tested positive for opiates, fentanyl, and hydro morphine.  

It was also discovered that she had been having a sexual relationship with another client at the program, which was prohibited by the center. As a result, Keeton was suspended from the program and her pretrial release conditions were violated.

She was jailed in December 2017 but was released again in February 2018.

Keeton was originally taken into custody on October 18, 2017 for reckless driving, DUI, fleeing and eluding, cruelty towards a child, and child neglect.

She made her first appearance in court Thursday. 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a 6-year-old boy was hospitalized after his mother led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Tallahassee.

The Florida Highway Patrol says that on Tuesday, they received a be on the lookout alert for a newer Chevy 4 door white car driving at high speed on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near mile marker 211.

About five minutes later, a trooper spotted the car in the westbound emergency lane. Troopers say they followed the car as it exited I-10 at exit 209 and began to travel eastbound on US-90. 

FHP says the Chevy then made a U-Turn and started traveling westbound on US-90. 

Troopers tried to stop the car near Walden Road, but the driver refused to stop, leading officers to start a pursuit.

The chase continued down U.S. 90, even as one of the tires came off the Chevy. It eventually ended when the driver turned off of East Call Street and onto Office Plaza Drive. 

FHP says troopers had to try to immobilize the car twice before the Chevy came to a stop on Magnolia Ave near the Ford Dealership. 

A 6-year-old child, who troopers say is the son of the driver, was in the car during the pursuit and suffered minor injuries. The child was hospitalized and later released to another guardian. 

Troopers say the driver, 29-year-old Carrie Keeton of Tallahassee, ran multiple red lights and drove the wrong direction several times all while her child was in the car, leading to her arrest for reckless driving, DUI, fleeing and eluding, cruelty towards a child, and child neglect.

Arrest documents say that as she was being transported to jail, Keeton told troopers that she had been popping pills, doing cocaine, and smoking marijuana all day. 

She was booked into the Leon County Jail where she remains on a $20,750 bond. Investigators are still working to determine if Keeton was under the influence of alcohol during the crash. 

There were no reported crashes as a result of the chase. FHP says they were assisted by the Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County Sheriff's Office.