Baby injured after DWI crash

A 4-month old baby was transported to the hospital Friday after an alleged intoxicated driver lost control of her vehicle in Conover.

The crash occurred at 6:37 p.m. as Brittney Lyfae McCleave, 20, of Hickory was traveling east on Fourth Street southwest toward Trillium Court. Also in the vehicle were Danta Broome, 25, of Hickory, and Danta Broome Jr., 4 months.

Everyone in the vehicle was listed as living at the same residence, but Conover Police didn't immediately know what the relationship was among the passengers.

According to a Conover Police incident report, McCleave was traveling 15 miles over the posted 35-mph speed limit when she lost control of her 1993 Chevrolet while driving through a curve. The report says McCleave overcorrected the vehicle, which caused the car to start sliding sideways before it struck a large ditch.

After the vehicle struck the ditch, it rolled several times and traveled about 20 feet, according to a witness.

All three people in the vehicle were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center. From there, the baby was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The child wasn't listed Monday as a patient at Baptist Hospital.

Police charged McCleave with driving while impaired, a seat belt violation and a child-safety seat violation. Police said the baby was in a car seat, but the seat wasn't properly buckled at the time of the crash. McCleave was charged with DWI at the hospital.

The crash also struck a Piedmont Natural Gas line, causing about $300 in damage and leaving a heavy gas smell in the area where the crash occurred. Several blocks of Fourth Street southwest were closed to motorists Friday night as crews cleared the scene and repaired the gas leak.