Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sloshed in Schererville

In the news business, we see reports fairly regularly about a person being pulled over and found to be driving drunk with one of their kids in the car. It's the height of irresponsibility. Usually, the driver ends up in jail, and the child is turned over to a relative or child-services officials. If police in Schererville, Ind., thought it was going to be that easy early Saturday when they pulled over a 24-year-old woman who allegedly was driving drunk with her 1-year-old son in the car, they thought wrong. After arresting the woman, the cops called the boy's father to come fetch him. Just one problem. He showed up drunk at the police station and also was charged with DUI. OK, time to get the grandparents on the horn. Again, a problem. When the grandparents arrived, it was determined that they, too, had been downing a few. The only bright spot was that the grandmother, who was driving, was not (yet) over the legal limit, so the officers let her drive back home while they followed her with the poor kid in the police cruiser. All I can say is, what a family.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the kid wasn't drunk. But did they check his bottle?

November 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

They say alcoholism is hereditary...

Years ago, I worked with a woman who was arrested for driving under the influence with her granddaughter in the car. She was keeping the granddaughter because the baby's mother, the driver's daughter, was in jail.

Grandma appealed to her ex-husband to write a letter to the judge detailing what a fine woman she was, and that she never, to his knowledge in their 20+ years together, consumed more than just one beer at a sitting. (I guess she never sat in one place very long...haha!) The judge was fairly lenient on her by Virginia standards, which means just a few days in jail and heavy fines, fees and penalties.

Incidentally, the ex-husband was arrested just about a year later for DUI. You can't make this kind of stuff up.

November 12, 2008 at 1:54 PM  

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