Drunk Driving Mom Uses Child to Fool Sobriety Test

October 25th, 2010

Last week, in La Pêche, Quebec, Nicole Gagnon, a 43-year-old mother of four, was arrested for driving drunk. Her blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. At the time of her arrest, Gagnon was driving with three of her children, aged five, eight and ten. While she did have an alcohol ignition system installed in her car, Gagnon routinely tried to beat the test by having one of her children blow into it.

“The investigation revealed that she was using one of her children to blow in the device in order to be able to start the vehicle, since she was in no condition to do it herself, given her condition,” said Martin Fournel, a police spokesman.
Gagnon’ 19-year-old son was the one who reported her to the police and filed the report. This is Gagnon’s second drunk driving conviction in over one year. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to have alcohol counseling sessions. Gagnon will be banned from driving for two years, and this is not the first time she has been suspended from driving. She had previously been arrested for driving drunk with her children on Labor Day weekend earlier this year. She was initially banned from driving, by the courts lifted this ban by installing the alcohol ignition system. Gagnon has obviously not gone along with the courts’ ban.

“We don’t know what went through her head,” Fournel said.

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