DUI Roundup: Child Calls Cops on Drunk Driving Mom
Minnesota woman facing DUI charges in newlyweds death
By: Mike Stetzer
A Minnesota woman is facing serious DUI charges after a tragic accident that ended with the death of a newlywed couple in the town of Eden Valley.
Sarah Klein, 30, was reportedly driving down the highway when she allegedly rear-ended the motorcycle that was carrying James Nelson, 50, and Amy Nelson, 43. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the motorcycle was not slowing down at the time and it wasn’t turning.
The accident happened at just after four in the afternoon on a Saturday. Klein is being held in the county jail, having been charged with 4th degree DUI and two counts of Criminal Vehicular Operation, according to an article from KSAX.
They were really really good people,” said Debbie Mullins, a friend of the deceased couple. “They loved life. They were proud, they were so happy, they just got married in winter and it’s just sad.”
Mullins said that she would visit the accident scene, which “makes it more real,” said the victims’ friend. “It just doesn’t seem right,” she said.
Klein was treated for minor injuries.
Child calls police to stop drunk driving mom
Tragedy was averted in another drunk driving case in which a child had to call the police to stop their mother from driving drunk.
The Long Island mother was arrested and charged with DUI, after police stopped her while she drove down the highway with her two children in the car.
When the children reportedly saw that Jamie Hicks, 48,was swerving down the road, they called the police. Troopers were able to find the car, stop it, and make the arrest. The child that called the police—it wasn’t clear which one had done so—said that their mother was “not speaking correctly,” according to KTLA.
Hicks will be charged under Leandra’s Law. That law makes it a felony to commit DUI with a child under 15-years-old as a passenger in the vehicle. She is a resident of Islip, Long Island. She was arraigned and released on $1,000/$2,000 cash/bond bail, and will appear back in court in mid-August.