Crime & Public Safety

Beaufort Co. woman charged with DUI and leaving young child at home alone, report says

A Lady’s Island woman who was accused of driving under the influence was subsequently charged with unlawful conduct toward a child after Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies found her 6-year-old child home alone.

A report said Alicia Jackson, 26, was driving on Sam’s Point Road about 9:30 p.m. Friday. A couple had called police to report Jackson’s vehicle moving 5 to 10 mph and swerving in and out of traffic, according to the report.

Jackson’s vehicle came to a stop, and the couple found her sleeping in the driver’s seat, according to the report.

During the investigation, deputies learned Jackson’s child was at home without supervision, the report said.

Jackson was released from Beaufort County Detention Center Saturday on a $7,262 personal recognizance bond.

Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison for the unlawful conduct charge, which is a felony.

Teresa Moss is a crime and public safety reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked as a journalist for 16-years for newspapers in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.