PLAINVILLE - A local mother, charged with drunken driving while she had a 6-year-old child in the vehicle, has been granted a program that will allow her to elude prosecution.
Amy Demaine, 34, of 25 Terra Road, was placed in the Alcohol Education Program for one year during a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.
"I would just like to say this was the biggest mistake of my life," Demaine told a judge, adding that it will never happen again.
According to police, Demaine was allegedly seen driving erratically and in the wrong lane at one point on Jan. 8, before she was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and child endangerment while driving under the influence. Those charges will be dropped on April 23, 2019, if she’s successful in the program, which includes between 10-15 counseling sessions in alcohol intervention.
According to the police report, a witness contacted police at about 3:47 p.m. and said someone driving on Route 10 was crossing the double yellow center lines and into the opposite lane. The vehicle, a gray Honda Accord, was then seen pulling into the Great Beginnings daycare on East Street.
There, police found the vehicle and saw Demaine walking toward it, along with a child. After the 6-year-old got in, the officer stopped Demaine from driving away. She told the officer she was looking for her daughter, who was later found to be at home with her sister.
Demaine, according to police, then failed multiple sobriety tests. The 6-year-old boy she was with was picked up by his father. Once back at the police department, Demaine registered a 0.2352 and 0.2368 blood alcohol content after using a breathalyzer, police said.
Officers were also able to speak again to the witness who first called police. She said she was at Linden Street School at about 3:30 p.m. when she saw a woman, later identified as Demaine, stumbling from her car to the school, where she picked up a young boy. She then got into an Accord and drove away with the child, the witness said.
On Wednesday, Demaine’s attorney said his client is a registered nurse who works in one of the state’s Department of Corrections facilities. He added that she was unexpectedly asked to pick up her child the day of the allegations, and that she should have said no.
Demaine, her attorney said, was cooperative with an investigation done by the state’s Department of Children and Families, which closed out its case in February.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.