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Woman and baby rescued from Lumpkin County creek; mom then charged with DUI

The Forsyth County Swift Water Rescue Team pulled a woman and a 2-month-old baby out of a Ford Ranger that traveled into Clay Creek in Lumpkin County Friday, Dec. 28.

The driver, Andrea Marie McMeans, 29, of Dahlonega, was driving around the curve on Clay Creek Falls Road when the truck drove off the shoulder, down an embankment and struck a tree.

“Upon entering the creek, the swift current of the rising creek pulled the Ranger approximately 300 feet downstream. The Ranger came to a rest in the middle of the creek facing north,” Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Curtis Bradshaw wrote in an email.

McMeans and the 2-month-old boy were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with non life-threatening injuries. Warrants were issued for McMeans on charges of DUI, DUI child endangerment and failure to maintain lane.

McMeans and the child were both properly restrained at the time of the crash, Bradshaw said.