That boy's bravery saved many lives
Police stations get urgent calls every single day ranging from the mundane to the frightening. Some come in that are just heartbreaking. That’s what the Washington County Sheriff’s Office encountered when a young boy called to say that his mother was putting their lives and the lives of everyone else on the road in danger. He was in the backseat of the car that she was erratically and drunkenly driving.
Many families were having fun at the Hillsboro Hops minor-league baseball game on Saturday, August 26, but one mom was taking her fun to a dangerous level. After the game let out, 30-year-old Nicole Norris was driving home. She had her 11-year-old son in the backseat of the car, but this wasn’t an ordinary ride. The boy knew that his mother shouldn’t be driving, and he bravely took matters into his own hands.
He called 911 at 9 PM to report that his mother was intoxicated while she was driving him, and she needed to be stopped.
Responding officer Deputy Shannon Wilde said, “He said his mom was drunk driving. I guess at some point in his 11-year-old brain he thought that was too much. Obviously her driving was bad enough that her child noticed it. He wanted our help. I’ve never had that call before. I think Mom told him to put the phone down… we lost that ability to track the phone, which is why we got to where we thought they lived.”
Failing the Test
Luckily, the boy gave good enough directions for the cops to find the car. They pulled Nicole over on Southwest Garden Home and Oleson roads, and she submitted to a field sobriety test. Officers took photos of her during the test to prove that she failed, but the numbers certainly don’t lie; she was twice the legal limit.
Nicole’s son wasn’t the only person who called to turn her in; the police received two other calls about her obviously drunken driving. Nicole was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Her son was placed in the care of extended family.
Wilde continued, “We get a lot of concerned citizens, people call in, about people they think are driving impaired, swerving, or driving really slow, but to have a child call from inside the car to say the parent is driving impaired is unusual.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office used Nicole’s pictures on their social media to warn the public about the dangers of drinking and driving especially if you have your children with you.
Deputy Wilde continued about the nearly-deadly situation, “I think it absolutely says that he’s a courageous young man, who knows the difference between right and wrong. Even doing something as hard as turning in your own parent. I think that takes a lot of guts and he obviously felt unsafe enough to the point where he had to reach out for help, which says a lot about the situation.”
Most of the children killed in drunk driving car accidents were riding with the intoxicated person. There’s also a rising number of cases involving children being in cars with parents who are taking drugs. With the increased used of heroin, parents are overdosing in public while in the presence of their children.
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