Paw Paw mom crashes while driving drunk

10:04 AM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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GENEVA TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Paw Paw woman who has had her driver's license suspended eight times crashed her car into a tree, injuring herself and her five-year-old son.

The crash happened on 60th Street, near 8th Avenue in Van Buren County late Thursday night.

Van Buren County deputies believe that the woman crossed over into opposing lane of traffic, went off the road and struck a large tree. There were no brake marks found at the scene prior to impact. The woman and her son were extricated from the vehicle and taken to the South Haven Hospital.

She was later taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and is in serious condition.  The boy was treated and released from the hospital.

Deputies say that alcohol was a factor in the crash and the woman told them that she had 1 to 1 1/2 pints of whiskey prior to driving.  Along with having her license suspended eight times, she has at least two prior convictions of driving with a suspended license.  She was also not wearing a seat belt and the boy was not in a car seat, but may have been in a seat belt.

The case has been forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor for official charges, but the Sheriff's Department is seeking charges of OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) Causing Serious Injury, DWLS (Driving While License Suspended) Causing Serious Injury and more.

The woman's name will be released at her arraignment.


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