Cops stop 37-year-old Milwaukee woman using her 8-year-old son as designated driver
Carrie L. Bernard, was drunk and had her son driving on state highway sitting in her lap
She was arrested Thursday after being spotted by a sheriff’s deputy entering the on-ramp of a state highway with the young child steering the car
This was Bernard’s third drunk driving incident
She’s charged with felony driving under the influence with a minor under 16 years of age, and felony second-degree recklessly endangerment
She also faces misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and violating terms of her interlock ignition device
Drunk as she was, Carrie Bernard sat in the back of the police cruiser wondering how soon she could get back to boozing
A Wisconsin mother arrested a caught driving drunk for a third time on drunk driving charges, could not wait to be done with her booking and getting back to her drinking.
— most recently with her 8-year-old son driving as he sat on her lap — had one thing on her mind in the back of a police cruiser: more booze.
Carrie L. Bernard, 37, of Milwaukee, was arrested Thursday after being spotted by a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy entering the on-ramp of a state highway with a young her 8-year-old-son steering the car, while sitting on her lap.
The deputy then pulled Bernard over and noticed the 8-year-old crying before telling the officer that he didn’t want to go to jail.
Benard was non-cooporative with the deputies when she was stopped
Bernard who initially refused to comply with the deputy until his supervisor arrived, proceeded to fail several sobriety tests. Once in the back of the deputy’s cruiser, she was caught on camera saying that she planned to get back to the bottle as soon as possible.
“I think I might have a drink after this,” Bernard said, according to video inside the cruiser obtained by WTMJ.
She was charged with driving under the influence with a minor under 16 years of age and second-degree recklessly endangering safety, both felonies. She also faces misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated and violating terms of her interlock ignition device.
Bernard refused to take a sobriety test administered by the deputy until his supervisor arrived. She then failed multiple field sobriety tests
Deputy Whitney Hendon said neither Bernard nor her son was wearing a seat belt when he pulled alongside her SUV. When Bernard pulled over moments later, the boy was in the front passenger seat wearing a seat belt, with a dog sitting in the back seat.
Arresting officer, Herndon told WISN: “She stated there was no one who operated the car other than her,” Herndon said.
“That’s when the small child began to cry. He said, ‘I don’t want to go to jail.’”
The boy has since been turned over to child protective services.
“It was concerning to me the mom would risk her 8-year-old child so she could operate a vehicle,” Hendon continued. “You’re risking your child and the public. It’s scary to think about.”
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