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EXCLUSIVE: Police: Mother Faces DUI, Other Charges In Bryn Mawr Crash

By Walt Hunter

ARDMORE, Pa., (CBS) -- Lower Merion Police say a 32-year-old Wynnewood mother is facing DUI and other charges following a crash Friday night in Bryn Mawr.

Police Superintendent Mike McGrath tells CBS 3 that Grace Tuten was behind the wheel of her station wagon, with her two-year-old son buckled into a car seat in the back, allegedly operating the vehicle with a .28 blood alcohol level, more than three times the legal limit.

The Superintendent says Tuten swerved off the highway near the intersection of Williamson Road and Morris Avenue, crashing into a utility pole with a transformer, causing a local power failure. He added the car also hit a mailbox, its airbag deploying.

Police say they immediately rushed the two-year-old to a hospital to be checked out, but fortunately he did not suffer any injuries.

Tuten, who also wasn't hurt, in addition to DUI, is charged with recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Just over a mile away last August, a Bryn Mawr mother, who also had her two-year-old son in her vehicle, was charged with DUI and homicide by vehicle, after her car collided with a flower delivery van, killing its 70-year-old driver. Her son also escaped serious injuries in the crash.

Attempts to reach Tuten at her Wynnewood home for comment were not successful.

Police say at the time of the alleged DUI crash she was driving with a suspended license. Investigators did not disclose the reason for the suspension.

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