Woman sentenced to probation in DUI case

Area resident’s kids were afraid, called police

A New Whiteland woman whose children called police to report her for drunken driving was sentenced to probation.

Marcie Pierson, 33, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a child.

She was sentenced to one year on probation.

Pierson was arrested earlier this year after her three children called 911 to report their mother was swerving while driving, and they believed she was intoxicated. The children, who were 9, 13 and 15 at the time, told police they were afraid to be in the car with her, according to police reports.

Police went to a restaurant on U.S. 31 in New Whiteland, where they found two of Pierson’s sons standing outside of the vehicle and the youngest sitting in the back seat. The boys told police their mother had been gone at a winery for five or six hours. On the way to the restaurant, she had swerved in and out of her lane, they told police.

Officers saw Pierson stumble and fall to the ground when she tried to sit down, and she told police she’d had two to three glasses of wine earlier in the day.

Pierson failed field sobriety tests, and her blood-alcohol content was .16 percent, twice the legal limit to be considered too intoxicated to drive, the report said.

Pierson, a first-time offender, was initially arrested on operating while intoxicated and neglect charges. She was later charged with one felony and four misdemeanor operating while intoxicated charges. The four misdemeanor charges were merged with the felony charge when she pleaded guilty, according to court records.

An attorney from the law firm representing Pierson, Banks & Brower, declined to comment.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.