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Driver in stolen car stopped by wet concrete in Washington

Lakewood police arrested a woman on charges of driving under the influence, hit and run and theft.

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Lakewood City Inspector Chris Phippen said he watched a woman drive through nearly 100 feet of wet concrete, get stuck in the freshly poured cement and then walk away from the car with a bottle of alcohol and a child Monday.

“Yeah, it wasn’t good,” said Phippen, who was working on a new roundabout project in Lakewood with a crew of six construction workers.

No one was injured during the incident.

Lakewood police arrested 33-year-old Erica Swezey on charges of driving under the influence, hit and run and theft.

Swezey, who was charged in Lakewood municipal court on Tuesday, could face felony charges, according to a Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson.

The car Swezey was driving had been reported stolen earlier in the day, by her mother, Leona Kelley.

Kelley said she hopes her daughter gets charged with a more serious felony child endangerment charge.

The child who was in the car during the incident was Swezey's four-year-old son, according to Swezey’s mother.

Kelley said the family has tried getting Swezey help for drug addiction and mental health issues for years.

Kelley said she hopes a long prison sentence will force Swezey to get help so she doesn’t hurt herself, or anyone else.

”Nobody wants their beautiful little girl to end up in a dog-gone jail! And nobody wants to lose their momma,” Kelley said, “I should, or could be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery today.”

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If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction or substance abuse disorder, call the Crisis Connections Hotline at 1-866-789-1511 or visit warecoveryhelpline.org for more resources.

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