A 33-year-old woman was arrested in Camden County, GA after a series of hit-and-runs, spanning northern Florida to southeast Georgia. Florida Highway Patrol began receiving reports of a 2007 GMC Yukon causing multiple hit-and-runs at 3:30 pm, with calls coming from State Road 9B and Phillips Highway. Reports continued on I-295 in the Nassau County area, but troopers were unable to locate the vehicle.
Brandy Stroud Gleaton of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL was allegedly driving while intoxicated. It was originally reported that two minors of unknown relation to Gleaton were in the vehicle. Recently released court documents state the children were her own 1-year-old and 3-year-old, with only one wearing a safety belt. Upon crossing into Georgia's Camden County, Gleaton's vehicle was spotted by county deputies, who attempted to make a traffic stop around mile marker 5 on I-95. Gleaton allegedly then hit the Camden County patrol vehicle, according to the report released by Florida Highway Patrol.
Near Woodbine at Mile Marker 7, Gleaton was taken into custody. She is being held at Camden County Public Safety Complex on a $4,552 bond. FHP currently believes 10 vehicles in total were struck by Gleaton, 8 of which were in Florida and 2 suspected in Georgia. Georgia State Patrol is working with Florida Highway Patrol to determine the cause of these events.
The presence of Gleaton's children has added to the charges against her, with two charges of DUI-endangering a child under the age of 14 years old, and one charge of seat belt violation for a child under the age of 5 years old. Her own DUI charge is for driving "under the influence of drugs."
At least one video from the spree was captured in Florida. Gleaton's white GMC is seen hitting a silver sedan. Larry Roberts, who was driving the sedan, reports that Gleaton sped off after "ramming her car into [his] car," causing it to "start spinning around."
Gleaton, a former State Farm agent, had recently filed for divorce from her husband. She previously filed an injunction for domestic violence against her husband, who in turn alleged that she was the initial aggressor. The hit-and-run incident occurred one day before she was due to appear in court for an injunction proceeding. Gleaton was granted full custody of the couple's two children after the injunction was granted, but custody has been returned to the father following Gleaton's arrest.
Courts will now have to weigh Gleaton's DUI and child endangerment charges against the husband's injunction for domestic violence. Both Gleaton and her husband must undergo court-ordered health evaluations.
A case management hearing is scheduled for March 1, 2017. Such a case could take as long as two years to be completely resolved.
If you or a loved one is charged with a DUI in the state of Georgia, do not hesitate to contact Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson, who will fight for your rights and assemble a strategic and effective defense plan.