Conscientious Children Report Parents' DUIs
By: Mike Stetzer
Getting charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) can be scary and eye-opening. You may not even have realized how impaired you were until you see the results of the breath- or blood-alcohol test. And sometimes, you may need a little outside help to realize how serious DUI charges are.
In October, 2006, a married couple in their forties both drank alcohol while out one night and proceeded to drive home separately, according to outsidethebeltway.com. Unfortunately, the couple's 10-year-old son was riding with the father. When the man allegedly attempted to light a pipe containing marijuana, he crashed into a guard rail.
That's when the son got out of the car and started walking, sources say. Officials apparently grew suspicious when they saw a 10-year-old walking on the highway, and both parents were arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Unfortunately, that 10-year-old boy isn't the only child who has had to act responsibly when his parents didn't.
In Orem, Utah this March, a 12-year-old girl reportedly called police to report that her mother would be arriving home soon, and was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Topix.net reports that officers went to the woman's address and administered field sobriety tests when she arrived home. According to sources, she was "obviously" intoxicated, and arrested. Her blood alcohol content (BAC) came to a reported .258%, more than three times the legal limit for driving.
The March arrest was apparently the woman's fifth since 2001, which means that the DUI was a felony charge. But wait. There's more.
Just last month, according to reports from All Headline News, a 33-year-old woman was driving with her two children in the car. The elder of the two, who is eight, reportedly called 911 to inform authorities that he didn't know where he was and his mother was acting weirdly.
Sources say that the mother attempted to take the phone away from her son and even bit his hand in an effort to convince him to end the call. But he called a second time.
By giving officials landmarks as he rode along, the boy was reportedly able to reveal his location, and police came to the scene. The woman was arrested for DUI, and charged with two counts of assault and two counts of reckless endangerment for her behavior during the calls.
Getting "turned in" for drunk driving may seem insulting or infuriating, especially if your children are behind the 911 calls. But sometimes people forget that drunk driving affects many people besides the drunk driver. These parents are lucky to have children who are looking out for their safety, since they obviously are not.