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Foster/Adoptive Mom Excused for DWI
April 18, 2010 permalink
The state of New York passed a tough law to punish drunk driving with children in the car. When Jolie Norse, adoptive mother of three children and foster mom of another, was caught driving drunk with her kids, the judge excused her with probation. A possible reason not in the article: As adoptive mother of three, she was a dumping ground for children too difficult for social services to handle. Incarceration of this mother would require finding other homes for them.
Mother with DWI gets probation sentence
DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) - The first person sentenced in Western New York under the new Leandra's Law will not serve time behind bars.
The law is designed to be a tough felony punishment for driving drunk with children in the car.
But on Friday, State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang sentenced Jolie Norse to five years probation.
She had consumed more than twice the legal limit when she was stopped at the Depew exit of the thruway on Christmas night.
Her three adopted children and one foster child were in the car with her.
"I'm just very sorry for everything that happened that night and the way that everything turned out. It was just a bad night, and that's all," Norse exclaimed.
Police said Norse had been drinking heavily that night before she got the call to see her dying father in the hospital.
In addition to probation, she has also lost her license and an opportunity to adopt a fourth child.
Source: WIVB Buffalo