Friday, June 2, 2017

WI Mother gets 3rd DUI on a Milwaukee Highway with her 8 y/o Son Seated on her Lap and Steering her Car ~ Call Michael A. Haber, Esq. @ 1-888-SHARK-8-1

Meet 37 y/o Carrie L. Bernard.  That's her mug shot below...

And here she is being placed in the back of a Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff's Squad Car after being arrested for her 3rd DUI.

Now I know that it comes to no surprise to many of you that people fail, for any of a number - or combination - of reasons to learn their lesson after DUI arrest #1, but it's a sad fact that DUI recidivism is alive, well and foreseeable (which is why DUI laws are so freaking tough... and seemingly unfair to the bilk of the folks who do, in fact, learn their lesson and are truly "one and done").  But I digress... let's get back to Carrie:

The think that makes Carrie newsworthy is why she was stopped in the first place... On Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at about 2:30 pm, Deputy Whitney Hendon (pictured below) observed Carrie's car, a Mazda CX-9, being driven southbound on state Highway 145.

Deputy Hendon was suspicious because the car was being driven in a strange manner:  "The motions were jerky like she was turning but looking at something else. It wasn't something a typical driver would do."  And so Deputy Hendon pulled up along side of the vehicle and that's when she observed a child seated on the driver's lap, and it appeared to the Deputy that the child was steering the vehicle (as an aide, neither Carrie nor the boy were wearing seat belts).  This prompted a traffic stop (and no, that is neither Carrie nor her 8 y/o son below... it's just an illustration).

By the time that Deputy Hendon was able to approach the vehicle on foot the child was seated in the passenger seat, all nice and buckled in with his safety belt fastened.  There was also a dog was also in the car, seated behind the boy.  

Per Deputy Hendon, upon inquiry Carrie "stated there was no one who operated the car other than her. That's when the small child began to cry.  He said, "I don't want to go to jail.""  Carrie was reportedly uncooperative with Deputy Hendon prior to the arrival of her supervisor, and subsequent video from another patrol car's dash camera showed Carrie stumbling while performing and failing a field sobriety test (yes, that is Carrie being given the HGN - horizontal gaze nystagmus test below).  

It's unclear whether Carrie was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but it is crystal clear that this incident marks her third arrest for DUI, that she was driving - or she was diving in tandem with her 8 y/o son - on a DUI driver license revocation and that she recklessly endangered the safety of her son.

Per Deputy Hendon:  "It was concerning to me the mom would risk her 8-year-old child so she could operate a vehicle.  You're risking your child and the public. It's scary to think about."  Not that I need to tell you Deputy Hendon, but (just in case and for the benefit of the folks)...

Meantime the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office will almost certainly be filing charges for Second Degree Reckless Endangering Safety; Operating a Motor Vehicle after Revocation - DUI Related and and an IID / Interlock Ignition Device Violation.   Apart from getting herself locked up Carrie managed to get her 8 y.o son taken into custody as well... he was taken into the care of Child Protective Services, making Carrie eligible for the cover shoot for this month's edition of:

When it comes to the subject of drinking and driving, the best advice that you are ever going to hear is:  "Don't do it!  Get a DD (Designated Driver), not a DUI".

Be smart{er than Carrie L. Bernard}: Don't drink and drive, but, if you do, just say "NO{thing}", don't blow (in FL your 2nd subsequent refusal is a crime) and call me stat at 305-381-8686, 305-798-2220 or 1-888-SHARK-8-1.

Michael A. Haber, P.A.: Providing creative, effective and zealous criminal defense litigation services primarily in SoFlo since 1991.

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Michael A. Haber, Esq. is prepared to speak with you about your case!

Cell: 305-798-2220; Office: 305-381-8686; Toll Free: 1-888-SHARK-8-1


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