A young boy, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, made the right decision to call the cops while his mom was drink driving. Because of the boy’s courageousness, he was able to avoid a car crash and probably saved both his own and his mother’s life.
When the 11-year-old boy sat in his mother’s car, he was scared and felt the way his mother drove was not normal. For the well-being of both his mom and himself, he summoned up the courage to dial 911 for help.
“He was able to tell us how much he saw her drinking, and told us he thought she hit a curb,” Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Wilde told ABC affiliate KATU. “Her driving was so bad he realized this was not normal.”
The Oregon mom, Nicole Norris, 30, of Portland, was driving drunk on her way home from a Hillsboro Hops baseball game with her son on Saturday night. Before the police were able to find out the location of the car, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also received other calls reporting a drunk driver.
As the boy did not know their location on the road, Wilde said the 911 dispatchers used the GPS coordinates from the boy’s cell phone to track the vehicle.
“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,” said Wilde. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Norris failed the sobriety test as she blew almost twice the legal limit on the breathalyzer, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She was arrested for DUI.
Wilde praised the boy for having the courage to make the right decision at the right time.
“He was a very brave courageous young man; sometimes doing the right thing is not easy,” said Wilde.