Mother arrested for DUI had 2 children in car, Daytona Beach police say

Cops: Jasmine Morgan found asleep in car with engine running


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 24-year-old mother has been arrested after she was found unconscious behind the wheel with her two children in the car, police said.

Daytona Beach police said they spotted Jasmine Morgan asleep in her car, the engine still running around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. She was arrested near a gas station at 780 South Nova Road, according to the police report.

Police said they saw an open bottle of alcohol in the car's center console. In the backseat, officers said there was a 1- and 3-year-old baby.

"She's crazy, she's crazy," said Wilberto Ocasio, who lives by Morgan.

The arrest report said the Daytona Beach police officer stood at the driver's side door and watched Morgan, who appeared to be unconscious.

The officer opened the unlocked door to wake her up and that is when they spotted another bottle, which was closed.

Police said the mother would not wake up so emergency crews were called. She was found with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and couldn't keep her balance, according to the affidavit.

After failing a field sobriety test, officers took her to the Volusia County jail.

Morgan has since posted bond and is at her home, just about a mile from the scene. She had no comment for Local 6. A family member heading into the home told Local 6 "she's a good mother."

Still, the allegations would make any parents cringe, "Two little lives there and she doesn't think about it," said Ocasio.

Morgan's arrest report said the mother refused to take a breath test. She was arrested for DUI, child neglect and given a citation after the 3-year-old wasn't in a car seat. The babies were picked up by a family member.

The Department of Children and Families was notified, according to the report.