A 52-year-old Ontario woman has been charged with driving under the influence after her 9-year-old son managed to call 911 while in the vehicle with her.

York Regional Police received a call on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, around 4:30pm from a mobile phone. No contact was made with the caller; however, when the dispatcher phoned back, they spoke with a young boy, stating that he was in a van with his mother who was drinking and driving. Soon after, the mother got on the phone and denied this statement, saying that she only had one drink.

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The woman was pulled over north of Toronto, in a town called Newmarket. She was later taken to police headquarters where she received a breath test, blowing more than twice the legal limit.

“The boy is a hero, that’s for sure.” – Const. Andy Pattenden

“It’s an unbelievable situation where he has the wherewithal to make that call to 911 and stop basically an emergency or a crime in process even though it’s his mother.”

Const. Pattenden hopes that this story is a positive sign of the future generation. He states that since a 9-year-old gets the message, maybe there is hope that the number of impaired drivers will decrease and hopefully better choices will be made.


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