PORTLAND, Ore. – The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is speaking out after a Portland mother was arrested, accused of driving drunk while her 11-year-old son was in the back seat.
The 11-year-old boy called 9-1-1 on Saturday to report that he was worried his mom, 30-year-old Nicole Norris, might be driving drunk, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
Dispatchers talked with the boy and eventually tracked the car’s location. Police pulled Norris over on Garden Home Road at SW 69th Avenue – near Norris’ home.
Deputies say Norris was at almost twice the legal limit when she took a breathalyzer test.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (or MADD) released a statement Thursday about the allegations against Norris:
“MADD is appalled and alarmed that an 11-year old child’s life was endangered because his mother allegedly decided to drive drunk. We commend the quick action and decisiveness of the child in recognizing danger, calling for help and potentially saving many lives including his own. But ultimately, this child and no child should ever be put in this situation. We call on our lawmakers to send a clear message – anyone who is convicted of driving impaired with a minor child in a car is a felon.”
Norris could face child endangerment charges for having her 11-year-old in the back seat.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Wilde said. “He was a very brave courageous young man, sometimes doing the right thing is not easy, especially when you are 11. But he felt unsafe enough that he reached out for help and we are very glad that he did."
WCSO tells KATU the District Attorney will ultimately decide whether or not to charge Norris with child endangerment.