A panicked 13-year-old girl made repeated calls to 911 Sunday night to report her mother for drunk driving on I-84. The girl called for help from the confines of Jamie Hicks's green Buick, telling the dispatcher that her mom was drunk and was swerving into other lanes. WCBS reports, "The dispatcher heard lots of screaming and yelling and said the girl claimed her mom was hitting her, and there were multiple hang-ups." But you've got to expect that when you narc out mommy for being boozy behind the wheel.
Police were able to pinpoint the cell phone's location and Hicks was pulled over on I-84 in Brewster, near Connecticut. Police say Hicks's blood-alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit. For context, WCBS turned to the Greek chorus in her hometown of Islip. Neighbor Jason Weiss says, "That's not right. You should take care of her. Put her in jail now. That's no good." Another neighbor was surprised, telling the news station, "She seems like a nice lady. I've never seen anything odd, never seen any kind of drinking situations."
Hicks will be charged under Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a passenger 15 years old or under. (Two of Hicks's daughters were in the Buick.) And this isn't the first time a kid has called 911 to report a drunk driving parent; last summer another 13-year-old girl called 911 to report that her drunk mom was driving in the oncoming lane. When Susan Rogge of Putnam County was pulled over, she had a blood alcohol level of 0.22, almost three times the legal limit.