Doing the Right Thing Even When It’s Hard: At-Risk Child Turns in DUI Dad (and Other Parenting While DUI Tales)
California Highway Patrol officers often see adults with some pretty bad parenting skills. One example: drivers charged with DUI in Los Angles who carry their children as passengers.
It happens all over the country. In Minnesota, for example, police recently responded to a call from concerned parents at Scenic Heights Elementary School. They watched as one mother, 55-year-old Kelly Ann Bellanger, dropped off her two children at school and displayed signs of being under the influence. She reportedly slurred her speech and swayed when she tried to walk.
When police arrived on the scene, Bellanger couldn’t roll down her window, mistaking the door lock switch for the window control. Not too surprisingly, Bellanger allegedly flunked the sobriety test. Police found she had a blood alcohol content of almost three times the legal limit. Bellanger even admitted to drinking half a glass of wine before transporting her kids to school, although she said it had been two hours earlier.