Woman who drove SUV with family on-board off a cliff was drunk

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, weather conditions in the area improved enough for a search team to enter the river on inflatable boats and use poles to probe the water.

They were last heard from the day before authorities received reports of a maroon Honda Pilot - the same color and make of the Thottapillys' SUV - submerging into the swollen river along US Highway 101 north of Leggett, according to local media reports.

The Harts moved last spring to Woodland, Washington, telling their real-estate broker "they needed a fresh start" after experiencing prejudice in Minnesota and too much media attention in OR after one child was pictured in a viral photo taken at a 2014 police-brutality protest.

This June, 2014, file photo shows some of the Hart family at the annual celebration of "The Goonies" movie in Astoria, Ore.

The Washington woman behind the wheel of an SUV that went over a cliff in California, presumably killing an entire family of eight, was drunk at the time, California Highway Patrol said Friday.

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Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher. Sadly, two of the children were drugged with "a significant amount" of diphenhydramine, which is an ingredient found in Benadryl, according to the Associated Press. Toxicology results for a third child killed are still pending, Carpenter said.

Captain Carpenter in an email on Friday said the authorities were still looking at the crash as "a deliberate act", adding that the presence of alcohol would be a consideration in the investigation's final findings.

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.

"I would like to rush that and get those results to you as quick as possible", Allman said. The multiracial Hart family lived together in three states, and officials investigated child-abuse allegations in each, including one that prompted an official from Washington's Child Protective Services to visit their Woodland house right before they drove off for California.

The remains of Jennifer and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, and three of the children were found in the wreckage of a GMC Yukon after it ran off California Highway 1 and plunged over a steep embankment onto the rocky shoreline below. A body pulled out of the surf last weekend was not immediately identified. The bodies of three of their children - Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 - were found nearby.

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