Mother faces assault charges after DWI accident injures son

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2001

WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla woman is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and assault after a motor vehicle accident Sunday night that injured her son.

Alaska State Troopers said Kimberly Swinburne, 40, was driving her pickup truck while intoxicated when the truck rolled down an embankment on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway shortly before 11 p.m.

Troopers said Swinburne's 11-year-old son, who was riding in the bed of the truck, was ejected and pinned under the vehicle when it came to rest.

The boy was taken to valley hospital. Troopers said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Kimberly Swinburne was not injured.

Swinburne was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and two counts of third-degree assault. She is being held at the Mat-Su Pre-trial Facility on $10,000 bail.

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