We a have a senior deputy prosecutor arrested for a second DUI charge since 2007.
This time, she drove into incoming traffic, with two small children in her car, and caused serious damage to another person's car. And all parties required medical attention.
This person should be held to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct, because of her position of trust. I don't have a problem with a gross misdemeanor charge, but she needs jail time and an in patient treatment program.
Here's my thoughts:
1. Plead guilty. She does 45 days in confinement, no exceptions, or time off for good behavior.
2. Driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year, and all vehicles in her household are fitted with interlock devices. And she goes inpatient to the county rehab program. No one is above the law, and she will set the example.
3. There will be a social worker evaluating her ability to care for her children. As a senior level person, she should be accountable to child endangerment charges. This is the responsibility of the local judges and her boss, Hauge, to do this. They should be setting an example too.
Some people might say that this is an extreme and unsympathetic viewpoint. I prefer to say that this has dragged on too long and that lives are being unnecessarily risked due to improper behavior. Other alternatives that should be on the table, should something similar to these things not happen, would include a recall election for the elected office holder, a series of state level complaints, and a request that she be be disbarred.
But most important, if you see her driving at any time, call the police...