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Police: Bergen Mom Nearly 4 Times Legal Limit When Car Flipped With Son Inside

26-year-old faces child endangerment, aggravated assault by auto and other charges in Sparta accident.

Photo: Sparta Police Department
Photo: Sparta Police Department
A Bergen County mother was nearly four times the legal limit when her speeding car knocked down two utility poles and flipped over with her 8-year-old son inside, Sparta Police said.

Anna K. Phillips, 26, of East Rutherford, has been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree aggravated assault by auto, DWI, reckless driving and other moving violations.

Phillips' blood-alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit when she lost control of her 2012 Ford Focus while traveling with her son on Sparta Avenue about a quarter-mile from the Andover Township line at about 10:30 p.m. last Friday, Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said.

The vehicle swerved to the right and knocked down two utility poles, which fell across the entire roadway, Beebe said. The vehicle overturned, slammed into a tree and came to rest at a 45-degree angle with the nose of the car embedded in the ground, Beebe said.

The victims, who were both wearing seat belts, were entrapped and suspended upside down in their seats, according to Beebe.

Andover Township Police Officer George Loudis and Sparta Officer Daniel Elig cut the boy loose and carried him away from the crash, Beebe said. The Sparta Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate the boy's mother.

The victims were transported by the Sparta First Aid Squad to Mohawk Avenue where they were flown in separate helicopters to Morristown Medical Center.

The boy has been released from the hospital and placed in the custody of a family member, Beebe said.

Phillips was charged and released after posting 10 percent of her $500,000 bail.
JAFO April 25, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Let's see here, pregnant at 17 and now at the age of 26, driving while 4x the legal limit with her son in the car. Making good decisions doesn't appear to be Anna's strong suit. Maybe she can learn something in jail.
DMAB6395 April 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM
You make sure to tell us right away that the bitch is alright but we have to read the only freaking article to find out about her son. Who give a flying fig about her!!!! Glad to hear that the boy is well.
John Santaella April 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM
A terrific argument for lowering DUI from .08 to .04.
icar12 May 01, 2014 at 01:05 PM
I'm sure you're being sarcastic. Drunk drivers don't care what the "legal" DUI is or if they're violating the law. Same goes with criminals, they don't care what the law is. DUI, guns, assault weapons, drugs, and any other laws.

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