Drunk driver 8 months pregnant WTF??

Katherine - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )




When a 27-year-old Australian woman was pulled over by police on suspicion of drunk driving, she had an excuse: She was in labor. Now she was 8 months along, but besides the fact that she was completely sloshed (her blood alcohol limit was twice the legal limit), she was driving in the opposite direction of the hospital.

To make matters worse, she wasn't alone in the car. Not only were there four other adults in the car (hey, let's make the pregnant drunk lady drive -- WTF?), but also a 2-year-old, who wasn't even in a car seat!

"I've been in the job five years and I've never seen a pregnant woman that drunk driving around, especially with that many people in the car. I was shocked ... I couldn't believe it," First Class Constable Glen Phillips said.

Pregnant or not, it's awful, but add in an unborn baby, and it's just outrageous. Officers obliged her labor claims and took her to the hospital, but apparently it was a false labor in the very truest sense of the word, and she discharged herself.

"She's not winning mother of the year this year,'' the officer concluded.

I'd say that's an understatement. The story says she was charged with "drunk driving and driving while under suspension." That's it? What about child abuse -- for both the treatment of the 2-year-old and the unborn child? Child endangerment? Something? And what of those other adults in the car with her, didn't they have some responsibility to stop her?

While there's a murky line about pregnant women drinking -- and it's much more widely acceptable overseas than in the United States -- this shouldn't be tolerated anywhere. This woman clearly needs some help before she's allowed to care for the life she's bringing into the world.

Have you ever heard a worse excuse for drunk driving?


Meghan - posted on 01/26/2011




I think I threw up in my mouth a little reading this!

While I am not condoning her behavior...what about the other adults in the car??? Do what you do, but there would be no fn way I would get in a car with her. AND there would be no way I would let a child get into a car (with a sober or drunk driver) if there was no car seat and obviously not ever with a drunk driver.

Seriously, are people getting stupider and stupider or is just me??

Oh and edit to add, my psyc prof just told us last week that FAS tends to show up more in heavy or frequent binge drinking...not that I am putting all my eggs in her basket (that's sounds weird but I think you all know what I mean) she did do studies on it. With that being said I personally choice to avoid it all together and I don't know why anyone would risk it.

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2011




agree with Nicoles comments though it is good to have a glass of wine at the end of pregnancy to relax you and is not going to hurt baby being as baby is already fully developed. I drank heavy before finding out with baby #1 and only drank one here and there after that a very weak drnk of baileys or wine and lemonade. baby #2 no alcohol consumed except a glass of baileys and milk with literally a tiny amount in the bottom of the glass of baileys 3 days before due date and to celebrate my nannas 84th birhday. My doctors told me a few drinks per week is safe in pregnancy. My mind was changed by the second pregnancy

Stifler's - posted on 01/26/2011




The midwife just told me NO ALCOHOL. The safe limit is none.

Nicole - posted on 01/26/2011




"Not only were there four other adults in the car" those weren't adults. Those were stupid kids, I don't care how old they were.

If it weren't real life, with real consequences, it would funny

"I used to work at a bar and remember having to server pregnant women a few times."

In What to Expect When You're expecting it suggests women who have reached full term should have a glass of wine to relax. When I was pregnant with my first child, my doctor and midwife told me to have a glass of wine when my due date passed and I was anxious.

I felt uncomfortable with it, but I can see a mom who agreed with advice walking in to a pub or bar and ordering a glass of wine. I wouldn't have hard feelings about that. More than a small glass of wine, after the due date has come and gone? Not good. I would be getting her name from her credit/debit card and callling the ministry.

Since it's hard to know how even a small amount of alcohol will affect a developing baby, and their due date is not their all-done-developing date, it's better to abstain from alcohol


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Melissa - posted on 01/26/2011




take the kid off her as soon as she gives birth and tie her tubes while your at it. people like that make me sick and shouldnt have kids

Bonnie - posted on 01/26/2011




Why was she driving in the opposite direction of the hospital? Either she wasn't really in labour or didn't realize what she was truly doing because she was drunk? I wonder if the other adults in the car were drunk as well, if not, to me that would make matters even worse because of the fact perfectly sober people could have taken care of the situation.

Stifler's - posted on 01/26/2011




NO. I do know of someone that was drunk when they presented to the hospital in labour. She got the baby taken away and now the baby is adopted out. Thank god. What a fricking idiot. No excuse will ever make me think you're fit to be a parent if you're drunk in labour.

Bridget - posted on 01/26/2011




that is just disgusting! people like that shouldn't be able to have children...she should have gotten charged with child endangerment. i think people get off way to easily she must not care about her unborn baby because she endangering him or her too.

Joanna - posted on 01/26/2011




I'm most concerned for the 2 year old. Definitely a child endangerment case.

Becky - posted on 01/26/2011




Ugh! Having worked with children with FASD, this disgusts me. I hope a report is filed with children's services and she is at least investigated, if not loses her child at birth!
I hope the parent of that 2 year old is investigated too! Some people seriously make me feel like forced sterilization is a good idea!

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The police officer's comment 'shes not winning mother of the year' cracked me up! But in all seriousness, this is disgusting. I used to work at a bar and remember having to server pregnant women a few times. I wasn't legally alowd to refuse or i would have lost my job, I hated it though!

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