11-year-old son tells cops his mother was drunk after she crashed her BMW

Too Much Wine and Driving

A Florida woman was arrested on DUI charges after her son told cops his mother was drunk on 3 1/2 bottles of wine

49 year old Janet Malizia from Florida was arrested and charged with two counts of DUI and one count of leaving a crash scene after she slammed her BMW into an SUV.

According to reports, her 11-year-old son showed cops a cup of wine she had been drinking. After the crash, Malizia admitted to cops that it was wrong of her to be drinking with her kids in the car.

The cup of wine which her son showed the cops was just a portion of the 3 1/2 bottles she had consumed on the road. Malizia also admitted she had drunk 3 1/2 bottles of wine, even though it was wrong of her to do.

Before getting on the road, Malizia had stopped at a gas station store to buy five bottles of wine. The boy told the cops that he went inside the store when his mom lingered in the store, and told her she couldn’t drink and drive. However, Malizia did not pay heed to her son’s advice.

She later crashed her car into another vehicle and fled the scene. Malizia was riding with two kids in the car at the time and was pulled over by Florida Highway Patrol troopers on Interstate I-75 before 7 p.m. on Friday shortly after fleeing the scene of the crash. When the officers approached, her son showed them the cup of wine Malizia had been drinking. However, the name, age and gender of the second child in the car was not identified.

According to the police report, three empty 8-ounce bottles of wine were found inside her vehicle.

Malizia was released from Collier County jail on $7,500 bond. The father of the children took both children into his custody.

Author: Amir Ladan
A former assistant state attorney for Orange/Osceola Counties, Amir has handled thousands of cases and dozens of trials, ranging from DUI and traffic offenses to murder, in both adult and juvenile court.

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