Rochester Mom Gets Probation for Driving Drunk with Kids
A Rocheseter woman had her five kids in the car with her while she drove drunk and then crashed the car. Now she won’t have to serve any more time in jail for the crime, but she will have to follow probation or she will have to serve the nearly year-long jail sentence waiting on her if she breaks the law.
Kyra L. Lindsey, 31, entered a guilty plea in November to child endangerment and criminal vehicular operation, which are both gross misdemeanors. The incident occurred on February 28, 2011 when she was south of Hampton on Highway 52 and lost control of the car that she was driving around 2:45 a.m. She would impact a guardrail on the right side of the road before careening across two lanes of traffic and resting in a ditch. The children in the car ranged from ages 3 months to 9 years old and none of them were injured.
Lindsey told investigators that she was on her way home from visiting with a friend. The trooper who arrived on the crash scene noted that he smelled the strong odor of alcohol when he got into the ambulance to speak to Lindsey. She said to him that she hit a patch of ice, but the trooper stated in his report that there was no ice on the road.
At Lindsey’s January 16 sentencing, her one-year jail sentence was stayed and she was given credit for the 5 days that she was in custody directly after her 2011 arrest. The judge ordered her to serve a year of probation, which means she cannot use drugs or alcohol, must submit to random testing, and must undergo a chemical dependency evaluation. She will also have to take part in a victim-impact panel and spend 15 days on electronic home monitoring.
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