Police say Woman who Drove SUV with Family off Cliff was Drunk

Police say Woman who Drove SUV with Family off Cliff was Drunk

Police say Woman who Drove SUV with Family off Cliff was Drunk

Authorities work the scene of the March 26 fatal crash on the Mendocino coast near Mendocino, Calif., where the SUV carrying the Hart family off a cliff, killing all passengers.

Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a Northern California river have found the body of a child.

Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a 2014 rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

The driver was pulling into a pullout during heavy rains when the SUV went over the edge, according to Sheriff's officials. Search teams have been looking for the missing family since then.

Bruce Carpenter said Friday that toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of.102.

In California, a person is legally drunk if they have a BAC of.08 or higher.

Two children who were in the wreck and Jen's wife, Sarah, also had in their systems an allergy drug that can lead to drowsiness, he said. Toxicology results on a third child whose body was recovered from the crash area are still pending.

No one in the vehicle, a GMC Yukon, was wearing a seatbelt, Captain Carpenter said on Friday.

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Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their six adopted children were believed to become at the moment; point from the SUV.

Investigators have not come up with a motive but say it appears the incident was intentional, The FBI is deploying their Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist and try to understand what happened.

The items had turned up over the course of searches of the South Fork of the Eel River over the past two days, the statement said.

Officials in Mendocino County said the body was found about 10:45 a.m.in the Eel River north of Leggett, about seven miles from the spot where the Thottapilly family's maroon Honda Pilot was reported to have fallen into the river on April 6. Three other children, Hannah, 16, Devonte, 15, and Sierra, also 15, are missing.

The Harts moved to a home in Woodland, Washington, in mid-2017, neighbors said.

Police also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was sending its Behavioral Analysis Unit to study cellphone data recovered from one of the family members' phones showing the Hart family's travel information.

A family of four taking a West Coast road trip vanished about 30 miles from the site of the Hart family crash, authorities said this week.

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