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Woman Drives Drunk with Son Inside, Causing Crash

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A woman from Eagan has been accused of drunk driving, causing a crash, while her 15-year-old son was in the car with her. The incident occurred late in November and charges were filed in Dakota County Court in early December.

Jean Marie Williams, 45, was charged with two counts of second-degree DWI, misdemeanors, in connection with an accident that occurred on November 27. The criminal complaint states that the crash occurred at 250th Street on Highway 52 at approximately 11 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at around 11:20 a.m. to find an intoxicated Williams with her teenage son.

It was found that Williams had been driving the car southbound on 52 and attempted to make a U-turn so she could go northbound. This maneuver caused another vehicle heading northbound to hit a center median. Aside from Williams’ son, her husband was also in the vehicle with her.

In the complaint, the officer says he smelled the odor of alcohol on her, so he gave her a preliminary breath test. The result showed a blood alcohol concentration of .20, which is more than twice Minnesota’s .08 legal limit.

At the time of the crash, no injuries had been reported. If Williams is convicted, she could pay $6,000 in fines and spend up to two years in jail. There is no word on if the victim in the other vehicle that struck the median has developed any complications as a result of the crash.

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