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Woman who went down 100-foot embankment with baby arrested

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A woman and a 10-month-old boy had to be rescued after the car they were in went 75-feet down an embankment in Seattle Wednesday night. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Seattle police say a woman who drove her car over a 100-foot embankment Wednesday night has been arrested for a suspected DUI.

The incident occurred in Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. Her 1-year-old child was in the car and rescued by a witness.

Police arrived at the park about 8 p.m. to find the 34-year-old woman stumbling on the hillside. The car had landed in a patch of blackberries.

Witnesses were taking video of the incident on their phones as police arrived.

The woman told police she had confused the gas and brake pedals. She also smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking, police said.

A witness told police that the car jumped a curb, crossed a footpath and drove down the embankment into the blackberries. That witness rescued the child, whom medics took to Harborview Medical Center for a checkup.

Police say the woman was booked into jail for investigation of DUI, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment.