ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A young St. Petersburg mother lost custody of her child after getting her fourth DUI, driving with her 2-year-old under the influence and causing a three car accident Thursday afternoon. Upon arrival, officers found Colleen Ludlow holding her 2-year-old daughter and spotted an empty bottle of Skol Vodka and two empty beer bottles in her car. Ludlow said that her child was secured in a child restraint seat at the time of the accident and officials say there was a child restraint seat in the back of the car.
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