Mom vows to quit booze after DWI crash

POSTED: 12:00 AM May 30 2013   UPDATED: 7:02 PM May 31 2013
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HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY -

A woman has been charged with DWI for a rollover wreck in front of a liquor store that injured five people.

Wanda Edwards, 32, is charged with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked, according to Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus.

"My own son thought I was dead," Edwards said.

"[When he found out I was OK], he was begging me not to drink anymore," she said.

Edwards was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee Wednesday night, with her brother and her two disabled sons inside the vehicle.  She pulled into traffic on East Main Street, Chief Cyrus said. A Ford F-150 pickup truck then crashed into Edwards' Jeep at about 8:46 p.m. Wednesday in front of an ABC Liquor store.

Edwards' Jeep then rolled into a ditch near a McDonald's restaurant, investigators said.

Everyone in the Jeep was trapped inside, with the doors pinned shut by the ditch, police said. In all, five people were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Edwards has a 2012 DWI charge that is still pending in court; in that instance, she blew a .21, according to police records.

That level is more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.

Edwards said she is going to follow through on her son's plea for her to give up booze.

"I don't want to [drink] anymore, not after the other night," Edwards said, as she broke into tears.