DUI mom begins jail sentence

A mom, whom authorities say was too drunk to find her way home while driving with her 2-year-old daughter in the car, began her jail sentence this week.
bigjoe
Oct 7, 2010

 

A mom, whom authorities say was too drunk to find her way home while driving with her 2-year-old daughter in the car, began her jail sentence this week.

Andrea Whitcomb, 24, pleaded no contest and was convicted last Thursday in Norwalk Municipal Court after being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and operating a vehicle with a child in the car while impaired.

She was ordered to serve 57 days in the Huron County Jail (60 total, with three days already served) beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.

Whitcomb also has been placed on two years of intensive probation and will have work release privileges on the final week of her jail term. Judge John Ridge suspended 120 days of the 180-day sentence.

On June 3, Whitcomb, then a Norwalk resident, was arrested with a blood-alcohol level of .171 percent — more than twice the legal limit in Ohio.

“This (is) alleged to be a first offense,” Ridge said early in the hearing.

As part of her community control sanctions, Whitcomb, 24, now of Sandusky, is prohibited from driving a vehicle with children inside after consuming “any amount of alcohol” for two years. Ridge also prohibited the defendant from consuming alcohol or “drugs of abuse” for the same time period and ordered her to attend counseling as directed by her probation officer.
Whitcomb had her driver’s license suspended for six months and was fined a total of $950 ($750 on the DUI conviction and another $200 for endangering children).

Whitcomb declined to speak on her own behalf in court. The state agreed to dismiss one count of DUI and an open container violation.

Her 2-year-old daughter was in the car during the June 3 incident on Milan Avenue. Police have said Whitcomb was too drunk to realize she passed her turn to get home, which was on Stower Lane at the time.

At 7:49 p.m., “a concerned motorist” reported the driver of a green Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling south on Milan Avenue “in a reckless and erratic manner,” Norwalk Police Officer Chris Kelley wrote in his report. Kelley reported finding an almost empty bottle of vodka under a seat during the traffic stop.

On Aug. 20, Perkins Township Police Officer Brent Adams had Whitcomb in custody on four failure to appear warrants. Whitcomb, who was arrested without incident, was released into the custody of a Norwalk officer about 15 minutes later.

Three days after the warrant arrest, Whitcomb was released from jail after posting a $10,200 bond.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Staff writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story. 

Comments

Reality Check C...

What a bunch of GARBAGE! Your legal system should be ashamed of its-self! What makes you think she will show up on the fourth? Give her the MAX and keep your streets SAFE! Work privileges?! I wouldnt let her take care of my dog! It's only a matter time before she does it again, and again, and again, and again.

Richards Brother

There seems to be a trend of people drinking and driving with their kids in the car in this town. Do they teach this in the schools or is there something in the water (like whiskey or vodka)?! LOL! Maybe your time in lock down will sober you up. I doubt it but I was trying to say something positve. Work release? What employer would let this girl continue to work for them? Loser! Mom must be so proud! LMAO

Now in NYC

What a pitiful woman! I cant wait until all of her supporters get on her and start ranting about what a great person she is and how its not her fault. What a disgrace to be jailed for sixty days and get to go to work? I agree with RB. What business would want her to work for them? I can see it now at the local grocery store when a customer comes to her register (or wherever she works). "Hey Martha, check it out, our cashier is that DUI mom we read about in the papers". I would imagine she will never live that down.

swiss family

I agree that what this woman did, and to have her child in the car with her seems unforgivable. BUT because we have allowed the bleeding heart destroyers.. convince "us" that being a drunk and being a drunk who is out of control is somehow a "disease" and seemingly not really their fault, and because now everyone needs to be so politically correct... sadly her employer would probably be subject to legal prosecution if they indeed let her go!!!!
just in general discussions, when people debate if alcoholism is a choice or a disease.. most people are not willing to say what they honestly feel because they do not see much harm in allowing it to be classified as a disease.. after all who really gets hurt by misclassifying it... well here is exactly why it matters and who actually gets hurt..it is time to be very clear about what addiction is and what it is not... it is a CHOICE.. AND THE VICTIMS THAT SUFFER BECAUSE OF IT, LIKE THIS CHAILD ARE VERY REAL.. AND DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED FROM PEOPLE WHO DECIDE TO MAKE TERRIBL;E CHOICES, BY US!!!

Now in NYC

I agree! It is choice and not a disease! She should be ashamed of herself. I wouldnt be able to look at my kids again if I ever put them in harms way. Isnt it the responsibility of the parent to protect the child at all costs?

Yanni

I understand the concern for the child but we're ignoring the main issue here. She's kinda cute, so she should be released immediately.

Reality Check C...

LOL! That is the ONLY thing she has going for her (and she really isnt that cute).

Yanni

She's not bad. You seem to be really angry with all of your capslock and lol's.

Reality Check C...

Am I angry that a woman gets behind the wheel of her car who is this intoxicated and risks the lives of everyone she drove near and did this with her young daughter in the car? Am I angry that she was only sentenced to 60 days for this offense? Am I angry that she will not learn her lesson and will continue with her destructive behavior once she is released since our wonderful judicial system saw fit to give her a slap on the wrists? You can call it angry if you like, but I'm just glad I dont live near her anymore so I am not at risk when I'm on the road.

Yanni

All of your comments are fair except ''she will not learn her lesson". You can't say this without being a fortune teller. I'd guess after going thru all of this public nightmare she won't be doing this again anytime soon. If she does, hey I'll come on here and say you were right.

Reality Check C...

You are correct; however I based my statement on personal experience with this persons past behavior. And much to the disappointment of some of the others who post on this site she didn’t steal my bf and she didn’t have parties and not invite me (or whatever they come up with at the moment). She is a very smug person who thinks she is better than everyone else and thinks the world owes her something. Like I said in a separate post; this is not a one-time mistake nor is it out of character behavior.

E.Cartman

lol! ;-)

Yanni

I'm also sad R U Kidding me's comment was deleted. Not because it should have stayed, as it was kinda creepy, but because I've never seen anyone spell pervert 'perfert' before. lolol

TakingCrap

She doesn't look happy, but the blur makes her lawyer look downright evil.

You know why they call it driving impaired? Because you are impaired. I don't know her or what the circumstances were, but people that have that much alcohol in their systems don't usually make good decisions. Hopefully this serves as a wakeup call for her and she gets her life straightened out so this type of thing never happens again.

Hopefully family services keeps in close touch also to ensure the safety of her children.

A lot of people on these forums really like to pile on.. I guess you could call it an e-mob. You people crack me up though.

glassman

I don't understand why she plead no contest. Obviously, a BAC of .171 is not something she could get around, or she would have plead not guilty. So what are the mitigating circumstances that should allow her off the hook when she was so obviously guilty? If I where the judge, I'd give her an even more severe punishment just for the gall of not pleading guilty. Seems that there are a lot of cases lately that make the news where the defendant pleads no contest. I think no one wants to accept any responsibility even when they know they were in the wrong.

Now in NYC

She originally did plead not guilty (I think the one article cited it as 'innocent'). If you read back through all the associated articles it seems like this girl is a real menace. I cant imagine why she was let off so easily.

swimmingfan

RB- she is not handing you change at kroger or bagging your frosted flakes. oh no! it's so much worse. she works at hospital. with children and other people she could negatively effect by coming to work drunk and/or hung over. now how safe do you feel?

Now in NYC

That is insane! I wouldnt want her to take care of anyone I knew!

swimmingfan

she will put her OWN child in harm's way by driving drunk with her in the car. can you imagine the disregard she'd have for the lives of others?

Yanni

I know a lot more nurses that hit the bottle than ones that don't. Plus I'd rather have this girl give me an IV than the one at Fisher Titus I got a few months ago. I've seen people poke voodoo dolls with greater care.

Now in NYC

Your comments are mildly entertaining, but how does this story and attached pictures of this woman supprt your statement of having her start your IV? There is no way I would let this person serve my daughter chicken nuggets let alone perform any medical procedure on me or anyone I cared for. If she cant be sober around her own child how can I trust her to be sober anywhere? If you think she is cute you apparently didnt see her mug shot.

Yanni

Lindsay Lohan is red hot but have you seen *her* mugshot? Yes I'm having fun with this. Of course this girl made a terrible mistake. I don't know her from Drew Carey, but from speaking with folks that do it seems she's a good person that had one horrible day of lapse in judgment. Now it's exploded on her 100 times. I think maybe she deserves a second chance, I doubt she'll pull this stunt ever again. As far as the nursing comment, what if we knew every single thing about our doctors, policemen, firemen, nurses, TEACHERS, etc... we'd flip out and never go outside or let our children go to school. Peace.

Reality Check C...

I agree with you on most of your statements but I can tell you from experience this is not ‘out of character’ behavior. She has had lots of issues with alcohol through the years and has not been walking the straight and narrow path since this incident either. How do you think this is affecting her sisters and perhaps the rest of her family? You are correct that if we knew everything there was to know about those people you mentioned we most likely would flip out. But the point is this article and discussion isn’t about those people, it’s about Andrea and her decisions. She has had a second chance, and a third, and a fourth, etc. It is time for her to put her big girl pants on and start being a productive member of society and keep her name out of the newspaper. Her priority should be her daughter. Peace back.

Yanni

^ Intelligent reply, fair enough.

E.Cartman

Just my opinion, but I think I would rather get medical attention from someone who knew how to blow off steam on their time off and was relaxed at work. Putting my life in the hands of someone who is stressed out and anal retentive seems far more scary to me.

Richards Brother

It sounds like you have a lot of worldly experience. I would say I know most people I know dont hit the bottle no matter their profession, but thats just the company I choose to keep. I'm sure there are people in all walks of life that have problems. I just hope I never encounter them in the healthcare setting or while driving with my family for that matter.

Yanni

I'm becoming offended at all this name calling, branding this poor girl 'DUI mom'. This is a title she'll never be able to live down, and dammit she doesn't deserve to be saddled with such an unfitting moniker. We've all made mistakes and I think it's high time this young lady be referred to properly as DUI MILF. Thank you.

praktikalmajik

Well Yanni, since you seem to be so enamored with this young lady, you know where she'll be hanging out for the next 57 days, beginning Monday. Maybe stop in and say hi during visitation times and perhaps you can end up with a conjugal visit after you bring her a carton of cigarettes.

Yanni

That's a sweet idea but I believe our jail no longer allows cartons of cigarettes. Perhaps I can hide one or two in a greeting card.

Sassy

Lol @ Yanni!!! But she's still a skanky pos, whatever moniker you use!

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