Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge wanted to know what Christina A. Salmons was thinking when she didn't show up for her initial hearing.
"I wasn't thinking; I was a complete idiot," the Norwalk woman said via closed circuit television from the Huron County Jail.
"You don't get to choose when you're in court," Ridge said.
About 5:35 p.m. Sunday, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple spotted Salmons in the back seat of a vehicle that was traveling southbound on North Hester Street. She was arrested on two warrants and charged with driving with a suspended license for two Dec. 20 incidents that happened within 19 minutes of each other.
During her Jan. 3 arraignment, Ridge issued the warrants because Salmons, 22, of 11 Ford Ave., was a no-show. The same hearing had been rescheduled from the previous week.
Salmons said she was "stuck in Florida" and couldn't return to the area until the next day. Her story to the judge during Tuesday's hearing was the same one she told a court clerk prior to the one in early January.
"Miss Salmons, you're fortunate that by state law there is no potential jail sentence on the second (driving) offense. ... You'd be facing a jail sentence," Ridge said.
The defendant pleaded no contest to the two charges Tuesday.
After finding her guilty, Ridge fined Salmons a total of $700 and suspended her driver's license for one year. One of the convictions came with a six-month license suspension.
She also must show proof of performing 40 hours of community service within 30 days. Salmons must pay her fines within four months and the $200 community service fee within 30 days.
At 2 a.m. Dec. 20, Sgt. Tom Cook responded to 81 Parsons St. because a female driver was blowing her horn repeatedly in the apartment complex parking lot. He cited Salmons for driving with a suspended license, told her not to drive and to have a licensed driver take care of her vehicle, a 1991 Ford.
Nineteen minutes later, Cook confirmed Salmons was turning onto Gallup Avenue from Parsons Street in the same car. He stopped her near the intersection of Gallup and Milan avenues.
Kasper's Towing towed the Ford after the second offense.
During Tuesday's hearing, Salmons said nobody notified her about her license being suspended. Court records indicate she was charged with failure to reinstate June 1. Salmons later was sentenced to two years of probation, was fined $300 and given a 60-day suspended jail term.
"I had no idea my license was suspended," she said.