Sheriff's office: 11-year-old boy calls 911, reports mother driving drunk
PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) – A boy called 911 from inside a car Saturday to report his mother was driving drunk, the sheriff's deputies said.
“An 11-year-old boy called in that he was concerned his mom was driving drunk, and he was in the car with her,” Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Wilde said.
Dispatchers acted quickly, working to track the young boy and his mom.
“The dispatcher was trying to keep him on the line to get landmarks. At one point he saw a restaurant, so we were able to piece together what street they were on and where they were,” Deputy Wilde said. “Dispatchers were using GPS coordinates from the cell phone to track where the car was going.”
Deputies found the driver, 30-year-old Nicole Norris, and arrested her on a DUII charge.
The sheriff’s office said the boy wasn’t the only one who called to report Norris. They received calls from other drivers in Hillsboro and Beaverton before deputies pulled her over at Garden Home Road and SW 69th Avenue - near where she lives.
Norris blew almost twice the legal limit in a breathalyzer test, the sheriff’s office said.
“He was able to tell us how much he saw her drinking, and told us he thought she hit a curb. Her driving was so bad he realized this was not normal,” Deputy Wilde said.
Norris could face child endangerment charges for having her 11-year-old in the back seat.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Deputy 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.