Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, one 11-year-old Oregon boy made a bold choice.
According to KGW News, he was in the back seat of a car when he finally decided the driver was much too intoxicated to drive.
The driver just happened to be his own mother.
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He managed to call 911, and it wasn’t long before a Washington County deputy found the vehicle on the road and safely pulled it over. Deputy Shannon Wilde told KATU News it was a combined effort:
“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. Dispatchers were using GPS coordinates from the cell phone to track where the car was going.”
His mother, 30-year-old Nicole Norris, was reportedly driving the family home from a minor league baseball game. But once Deputy Wilde conducted a field sobriety test, she realized just how serious the situation was — especially after speaking with the young boy:
“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.”
Norris’s blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Deputy Wilde told KGW this was the first time in her career that a child ever called the police on his own parent:
“I’ve never had that call before. We get a lot of concerned citizens, people call in, about people they think are driving impaired, swerving, or driving really slow, but to have a child call from inside the car to say the parent is driving impaired is unusual.”
However, she said the fact he was brave enough to do so was incredible:
“I think it absolutely says that he’s a courageous young man, who knows the difference between right and wrong.”
Sadly, for a young boy to get to the point of calling 911 means the circumstances must have been that bad. Deputy Wilde said:
“Even doing something as hard as turning in your own parent. I think that takes a lot of guts and he obviously felt unsafe enough to the point where he had to reach out for help, which says a lot about the situation.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office booked Norris on a DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants), but it’s unclear if she is still in jail. According to the sheriff’s office, the district attorney will be the authority to decide whether or not to charge Norris with child endangerment.
According to Deputy Wilde, the boy is OK.