Court commissioner blasts Greendale mother accused of OWI with 6 kids in car
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WAUKESHA- A mother accused of driving drunk with six kids in the car got an earful from a Waukesha County court commissioner on Tuesday.
39-year-old Shelley M. Butler of Greendale is facing a slew of charges for the alleged drunk driving incident around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Waukesha County Court Commissioner Martin Binn attacked Butler for her decision to allegedly drink and drive that night with six kids in her car.
"You wanna continue to drink and drive and kill yourself, go right ahead, but you have no right to endanger those children, who will follow you blindly because they love you. If you love them you wouldn't get into a car under the influence of an intoxicant," Binn said.
Butler has been charged with OWI plus four other traffic violations including violating child safety, speeding, and two counts of unsafe lane deviation.
"If I were to ask you, would you take your children and give them to someone who was above the legal limit -- intoxicated -- so they could drive away in a motor vehicle on the expressway, you'd tell me 'no', is that correct?" Binn asked.
"Correct," Butler said.
"Yet, that's what you subjected your children to," Binn said.
A child as young as seven, as well as relatives' children were in that car.
She was given a $500 cash bail until her next hearing, scheduled for September 28, as a condition of that bond.
Butler is not allowed to drive anyone else's children around.