Report: Intoxicated Clover woman let 9-year-old girl drive her car

A drunken Clover mother whose 2-year-old son sat in her lap as she allowed her friend’s 9-year-old daughter to drive them in a car was arrested last week after she told deputies she went up and down a road trying to find a car she wanted, authorities said.

A homeowner reported to deputies last Thursday that a woman came to her door with two children and began asking about a car, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The woman was drunk, the homeowner told police, and left in a small Honda with a young girl driving the car. Deputies patrolled the area and found Carol Ann Goforth, 46, sitting in the driver’s seat of the Honda with a young boy on her lap. A girl sat in the passenger’s seat.

Goforth told police she drove down Stroupe Road to find the car she wanted, the report states. She explained she did not have a driver’s license, but had been drinking “just a few beers.” The child in her lap was identified as her son. The other girl is her friend’s daughter, Goforth told deputies. The girl, 9, told deputies that at one point she had been driving the car.

Goforth failed a field sobriety test, the report states, and gave permission for her son to stay with her friend until other family members could be contacted. She refused to disclose the identity of her son’s father to authorities.

“She admitted it was a bad thing to endanger the life of her small son and her friend’s child,” deputies wrote in the report. “Carol (Goforth) had a very flippant attitude and was not concerned with what would happen to her son.”

Goforth’s friend told deputies she fell asleep and she did not realize Goforth was drunk and left the house in her car with her daughter. Goforth’s mother picked her grandson. The boy’s father contacted deputies and explained that Goforth left their house a night earlier because they had been arguing.

Deputies arrested Goforth and charged her with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, child passenger restraint system article violation and permitting unauthorized person to drive. By Monday, she remained held at the York County Detention Center on a $16,567 bond.