Saturday, May 10, 2008

Wacky boozer mom whose son called 911 about her, pleaded guilty to assault for biting him

I'll be away on Monday, so I'm doing the Monday blog on Saturday.
A Vancouver, Canada mother pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault Thursday, wrapping up a case that made international news last fall. Paulette L. Spears was arrested Oct. 20 after her eight-year-old son called 911 from her car and asked for help because he was scared by his mother's driving. Spears bit his hand to get him to hang up the phone.

Clark County District Court Judge Vern Schreiber ordered Spears to spend 33 days on a work crew. Schreiber said Spears will have to go through substance abuse treatment, but once Child Protective Services feels she's ready to see her children again he'll lift the no-contact order.

Spears has been under court orders not to see her children — her 5-year-old daughter was in the car, too — and they have been living with grandparents in California. The night her son called 911, deputies from the Clark County Sheriff's Department noted that Spears had "red, watery eyes," a "blank stare" and smelled of alcohol. Spears refused a breath test but admitted to having "some beers."

Spears was given "diversion" on a charge of driving under the influence, meaning if she follows through with treatment and other requirements the charge will be dismissed. Assistant City Attorney Pamela Loh dismissed two counts of reckless endangerment in exchange for Spears' guilty plea. (info from The Columbian)

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