Colleen Ludlow of St. Petersburg faces DUI, child abuse charges after serious crash

10:50 AM, Dec 10, 2010   |    comments
Colleen Francis Ludlow
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- A mother is facing several charges, including DUI and child abuse, after a three-car crash sent several people to the hospital in St. Petersburg.

Police say 22-year-old Colleen Francis Ludlow was driving westbound on 22nd Avenue North Thursday afternoon when she struck the curb and then veered toward a Nissan vehicle, which was stopped facing south at the intersection of 42nd Street South. Ludlow's car then veered into the path of a Honda which was going east on 22nd Avenue South.

The driver of the Honda, 81-year-old Hyacinth Capehart, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with spinal injuries. Two occupants in the Nissan were also taken to Bayfront, but later released.

Investigators arriving on scene say they found Ludlow in the driver's seat of her vehicle, holding her 2-year-old daughter. Ludlow told the officers that her daughter had been secured in a child restraint seat at the time of the accident, and one was seen in the back seat.

Also found in the car was an empty bottle of Skol Vodka and two empty Budweiser beer bottles. Ludlow and her daughter were uninjured.

Police say Ludlow displayed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody for DUI. It was also learned that Ludlow had a long arrest history, including three prior arrests for DUI and her license was suspended.

Mug Shot Gallery: Colleen Ludlow's arrest history

She was brought to police headquarters for further testing, however she refused to submit to a breath test and a blood sample had to be extracted for further testing.

Ludlow was charged with the following:

  • DUI Involving Serious Bodily Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked Causing Serious Injury
  • Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test

She also received citations for careless driving and a safety belt violation.

On her Facebook page, Ludlow describes herself as "beautiful but with a mean streak" and that she "used to party and drink but im [sic] about retired.. too much drama."

Custody of Ludlow's daughter was turned over to her grandmother.

10 News and the St. Petersburg Police Department

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