When police received a phone call reporting a drunk driver, they thought it was a responsible, concerned citizen who had witnessed a car driving erratically on the road. It didn’t take long before authorities realized that the responsible, concerned citizen was, in fact, a child.
And the erratic driver was his own mother, driving the very car he was sitting in.
An 11-year-old boy and his mom were driving home Saturday night from a Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball game when the child realized his mother was totally out of control. Terrified for his own life, he grabbed the phone and dialed 911.
“He said his mom was drunk driving,” Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Wilde said. “He wanted our help.”
“He was able to tell us how much he saw her drinking, and told us he thought she hit a curb,” Wilde told ABC affiliate KATU on Tuesday. “Her driving was so bad he realized this was not normal.”
Police were able to track down the boy and his mother after he named a restaurant they had passed on the road along with the GPS coordinates from his cell phone.
Authorities arrested 30-year-old Nicole Norris near her Oregon home where she blew almost twice the legal limit in a breath test. She was charged with driving under influence and could also face child endangerment charges.
It can be hard to do the right thing, but that’s what it makes making good choices even more important than anything else. This 11-year-old boy, although young, made a responsible decision that Saturday night.
“He was a very brave courageous young man; sometimes doing the right thing is not easy,” Wilde added.