Woman pleads guilty in crash that injured her child

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 10:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia woman pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to two felonies in connection with a car crash in which her 5-year-old son was injured.

Elizabeth Klaus, 33, was arrested in August 2011 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after she crashed her green Ford Escape off of Route E near Wilcox Road. The vehicle landed in Rocky Fork Creek after traveling more than 300 feet.

Her son, Lucas, was injured in the accident. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the boy was not in a safety restraint at the time of the crash and was thrown from the vehicle.

Klaus pleaded guilty to second-degree assault — operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury — and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

In 2001, she pleaded guilty to having an excessive blood alcohol content, according to court records.

Klaus's sentence hearing was scheduled for Oct. 15.

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