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Arrested while driving son to school - Sentinel & Enterprise

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State Police charged a woman with drunken driving and assaulting a police officer after they stopped her for allegedly driving erratically while taking her 8-year-old son to school in Gardner, according to ...

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Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron

Rockville, MD

#1 Oct 7, 2008
Wow!
PARENT OF 3

Clinton, MA

#2 Oct 7, 2008
What a way to start the school day, and what an excellent example to set for her young son. As for the lawyer who's going to get her off, what a fine human being you must be.

With parenting like this you are ensured continued income as her son follows in her footsteps!!
Daisy

Boston, MA

#3 Oct 7, 2008
Oh yeah the testing was not calibrated right but this is second offense. The poor child.
Mom

Farmington, CT

#4 Oct 7, 2008
Call an officer to the scene to take the kid to school! Come on!! I seriously hope this kid got some counseling in school! So now this kid can spend the day in school wondering what mommy is doing after just seeing her kicking a police officer and being cuffed and stuffed into a police car! Just wonderful........
Mom 2

Clinton, MA

#5 Oct 7, 2008
Mom wrote:
Call an officer to the scene to take the kid to school! Come on!! I seriously hope this kid got some counseling in school! So now this kid can spend the day in school wondering what mommy is doing after just seeing her kicking a police officer and being cuffed and stuffed into a police car! Just wonderful........
Doubt it would be the first time the kid saw his mother this way. If she is drunk at this hour of the morning, she is probably drunk most of the time.
Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron

Rockville, MD

#6 Oct 7, 2008
Mom wrote:
Call an officer to the scene to take the kid to school! Come on!! I seriously hope this kid got some counseling in school! So now this kid can spend the day in school wondering what mommy is doing after just seeing her kicking a police officer and being cuffed and stuffed into a police car! Just wonderful........
Yeah, dontcha think that just maybe they should have called DSS?
Reggie

Danbury, CT

#7 Oct 7, 2008
...."she is a good person who would never put her child in danger".

How can her lawyer sleep at night!At least she lost custody of her son until "the matter is settled".("settled " will probably mean a slap on the wrist,a suspended sentence and probation). That poor boy was sitting in a booster seat, giving him a perfect view of the road ahead of them, with the mother weaving over into the next lane and into the opposite lane, driving like a drunken maniac down Route 2. I imagine he will need some serious counselling.

I hope they took her license away, although lack of a license doesnt seem to stop these repeat offenders from getting behind the wheel.
cousin ralph

Manchester, MA

#8 Oct 7, 2008
Hey, MO RON. Consider the source. This is only a high school drop out and GED newspaper, not the Police report.
slc

Natick, MA

#9 Oct 7, 2008
"Castonguay told DeMarco she drank some wine the night before and had taken two Klonopins, a muscle relaxant, that morning"

How stupid does she think this cop is? What a loser!
Counsellor

Manchester, MA

#10 Oct 7, 2008
Reggie wrote:
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How can her lawyer sleep at night!
Time out! The American legal system is an adversial system. It is not the only model, but it is our system. The way it works is the lawyer for one side makes his/her best argument on the facts and the law, and the lawyer on the otherside makes his/her best argument on the facts and the law. Then, having heard both sides, the judge or the jury makes a decision.

First of all, from a newspaper account (particular one in this paper where they can't even get the two drunk-driver stories indexed right!), we don't have all the facts. But even assuming we did, the lawyer is absolutely supposed to raise the points he did. He should sleep very well knowing he did his job, but reading between the lines of the story, he won't, because it sounds like a friend is in serious trouble.

Since: Jul 08

Ashburnham, MA

#11 Oct 7, 2008
You are all forgetting that she admitted to taking TWO Klonopin pills, and that she also had the bottle *in her possession* in the car. A former neighbor of ours was "under the influence" of having voluntarily increased her dose (read: overdosed) on this medication when she totalled the family p/u truck, with a teenager in the front seat, on Christmas Eve Day, 2005. The sky was blue, temperature mild, not an ounce of precip on the ground or in the air. They suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. The two-truck driver couldn't believe anyone survived the accident when he saw what was left of the truck.

Per WebMD: This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages.

If this woman took two pills with a glass of wine, she is abusing the medication and needs rehab ASAP. I only hope that her son has other family members that can surround him with the love and support he so desperately needs.
Reggie

Danbury, CT

#12 Oct 7, 2008
Counsellor wrote:
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Time out! The American legal system is an adversial system. It is not the only model, but it is our system. The way it works is the lawyer for one side makes his/her best argument on the facts and the law, and the lawyer on the otherside makes his/her best argument on the facts and the law. Then, having heard both sides, the judge or the jury makes a decision.
First of all, from a newspaper account (particular one in this paper where they can't even get the two drunk-driver stories indexed right!), we don't have all the facts. But even assuming we did, the lawyer is absolutely supposed to raise the points he did. He should sleep very well knowing he did his job, but reading between the lines of the story, he won't, because it sounds like a friend is in serious trouble.
I know that it was the lawyers job to defend his client.My beef was with his untruthful statement that...."she is a good person who would never put her child in danger".Clearly a lie - her "alleged" drunken driving and "allegedly" driving under the influence of Klonopin and "2 glasses of wine from the night before" from Orange to Gardner on Rt 2 in commuter traffic was clearly putting her child in grave danger.Would the lawyer still feel free to make that statement to the judge that the child was in no danger if it were HIS child in the booster seat?First and foremost that child needs protection from his mother
Counsellor

Princeton, MA

#13 Oct 7, 2008
Reggie wrote:
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I know that it was the lawyers job to defend his client.My beef was with his untruthful statement that...."she is a good person who would never put her child in danger".Clearly a lie - her "alleged" drunken driving and "allegedly" driving under the influence of Klonopin and "2 glasses of wine from the night before" from Orange to Gardner on Rt 2 in commuter traffic was clearly putting her child in grave danger.Would the lawyer still feel free to make that statement to the judge that the child was in no danger if it were HIS child in the booster seat?First and foremost that child needs protection from his mother
Based on the information in the article, you may be 100% right, but it is still her lawyer's job to say this is a basically a good person who screwed up. It is for the commonwealth, or DSS, to take your part and say that the child needs protection. And then it is the judge's job to decide who is right.
The moment her lawyer stands up and says, your honor, my client was drunk, and you need to take that child away, the adversary system has failed.

Don't get me wrong. I totally get your position, and thats part of the reason I am not a criminal defense lawyer. But some one has to get up there and say it, or our system fails.
Counsellor

Princeton, MA

#14 Oct 7, 2008
Wow, I did not actually type anything that merited those ****!
Reggie

Danbury, CT

#15 Oct 7, 2008
Counsellor wrote:
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Based on the information in the article, you may be 100% right, but it is still her lawyer's job to say this is a basically a good person who **** up. It is for the commonwealth, or DSS, to take your part and say that the child needs protection. And then it is the judge's job to decide who is right.
The moment her lawyer stands up and says, your honor, my client was drunk, and you need to take that child away, the adversary system has failed.
Don't get me wrong. I totally get your position, and thats part of the reason I am not a criminal defense lawyer. But some one has to get up there and say it, or our system fails.
Thanks for the info/insight into the legal defense end of the law.I guess we can only hope the system works in this case.

Since: Sep 07

Lowell

#16 Oct 7, 2008
Uhm...Mum, can you drive my friends to the Museum of Science for our field trip?? How insane is this woman??? Does she not have one brain cell in her head?
jtn

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Oct 7, 2008
I don't drive drunk, my daughter is safe
Clemenza

Plainville, CT

#18 Oct 7, 2008
jtn wrote:
I don't drive drunk, my daughter is safe
I think you've been drunk when you composed some of you "comments' for this site. We will send an officer over with a breathalizer prior to each comment.
Clemenza

Plainville, CT

#19 Oct 7, 2008
Sorry about that double click
Rick

AOL

#20 Oct 7, 2008
jtn wrote:
I don't drive drunk, my daughter is safe
I don't believe a word you say. I would be willing to bet you are an idiot. Whether or not you are a drug using idiot or a drunk idiot, you have proven that you don't have good judgement or sense.

Actually, I hope you have NO children you can have any influence over.

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