Evelynn Brown sentenced for 9th drunk driving offense

8:37 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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By Hillary Mintz

Milwaukee (WISN/CNN) - A woman in Wisconsin is heading to prison after being convicted nine times for drunken driving.

One of her offenses killed a friend.

Evelynn Brown found out Thursday how long she'll spend in prison for her ninth OWI, operating while impaired.

"You're 29 years of age and you run up probably, as long as I remember in my 21 years on the bench, the longest record of drinking and driving that I've ever seen," said Judge David Hansher.

Out of prison for two years, in July, Brown picked up her ninth offense. Her blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, and her baby was in the back seat.

Brown's drunk driving record started in 1999 when she was 16 and crashed her car, killing her friend in the passenger seat.

Between 2001 and 2002 she received five more OWIs. By 2007 the total was eight.

"I understand I'm an alcoholic and I endanger everybody when I drink and drive, this is the first time I've really wanted to stay sober," said Brown.

Judge Hansher decided she will serve 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation.

"You wanna tell people in the community, you commit felony convictions and you drink and drive, while you have a 1-year-old child in the car is abhorrent and unacceptable and if we have to deter you by putting you in prison, so be it," said Judge Hansher.

"We just have to be there for her, Evelynn, I don't we've been doing as much as we possibly could to help her, but I don't know what to do anymore for her, she has to learn," said her mother, Patricia Wilber.

When she gets out of prison, Brown will have to have an interlocking device in any car she owns for three years.

That device requires a breath sample before the engine can be started.


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