An Oregon woman was arrested after her 11-year-old son called the police from the back seat of their car to report that she was driving drunk.
"An 11-year-old boy called in that he was concerned his mom was driving drunk, and he was in the car with her," Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Wilde told KATU. "He was able to tell us how much he saw her drinking, and told us he thought she hit a curb. Her driving was so bad he realized this was not normal."
Nicole Norris, 30, was pulled over shortly after 9 p.m. on Aug. 26 in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland. After undergoing a series of sobriety tests and taking a breathalyzer test, police say Norris had a blood alcohol content of almost twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
She had been driving home from a minor league baseball game when her son made the call to police.
"The dispatcher was trying to keep him on the line to get landmarks," Wilde said. "At one point he saw a restaurant, so we were able to piece together what street they were on and where they were. Dispatchers were using GPS coordinates from the cellphone to track where the car was going."
Wilde told KGW this was a new experience for her.
"I've never had that call before," she said. "We get a lot of concerned citizens, people call in about people they think are driving impaired, swerving or driving really slow, but to have a child call from inside the car to say the parent is driving impaired is unusual."
She added that the young boy should be applauded for doing the right thing in difficult circumstances.
"I think it absolutely says that he's a courageous young man who knows the difference between right and wrong. Even doing something as hard as turning in your own parent. I think that takes a lot of guts and he obviously felt unsafe enough to the point where he had to reach out for help, which says a lot about the situation."
According to the sheriff's office, several other drivers had also called in to report Norris' irregular driving.
In addition to DUI, Norris could face child endangerment charges because her son was in the back seat. The decision of whether to charge her will be left to the district attorney.
"It could have been a lot worse," Wilde said.
The 11-year-old boy is now staying with relatives, according to KPTV.