"911, Help, I'm Driving Drunk"

BISMARCK, N.D. — Police get calls about drunken drivers all the time, but rarely do they come from the alleged offender. A 17-year-old girl in Bismarck called 911 on New Year's Eve "to report herself driving under the influence," police Lt. Randy Ziegler said. "I've never heard of such a thing happening, and neither has anyone here."

The girl told authorities her location shortly before midnight Wednesday and officers found her in a parked car, Ziegler said. She failed a sobriety test and was arrested for failing to have control of her vehicle while intoxicated.

The girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was not cited for drunken driving, Ziegler said.

"Her keys were in her purse and she was parked," Ziegler said. "She did tell us that she had been driving around for hours."

The call probably was a plea for help, he said.

"She told us her life was spiraling out of control, and she had spent the majority of time drinking over the past two weeks," Ziegler said.

The girl was released to her parents Thursday.


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  • by stephanie Location: g'ville on Jan 5, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    Hey guys lighten up- give her a little credit she did ask for help !!!!!!!!!!
  • by Suli on Jan 5, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    Good Girl! She did the right thing. Maybe this will bring the help she needs.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 5, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Sounds like a desperate cry for help. Maybe her parents should look into that.
  • by haha Location: eastern beaufort co on Jan 4, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Was she blond?
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Jan 4, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    She probably saved at least one life by calling for help.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Jan 3, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    I hope she gets the help she needs
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