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GH woman gets 30 days jail for 3rd drunken driving charge

Becky Vargo • Mar 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A Grand Haven woman charged with her third drunken driving offense has been sent to jail for 30 days, which is less time than the judge planned to give her.

“This time, I’m really working at it,” said Jennifer Edmondson, 41, before being sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Edmondson said she was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and church regularly. She pointed to the crowded gallery in the courtroom and said there were three rows of people there who were mentoring and supporting her.

Edmondson faced up to 90 days in jail after she struck a parked car while driving in Wright Township in February 2017.

She had convictions of driving while impaired in 2010 and driving while intoxicated in 2012 and 2014. 

“This happened 14 months ago,” she said of the most recent incident.

Edmondson noted that she had some trauma in her life at the time.

She had also done a lot of community service work and had no incidents while wearing an alcohol-monitoring device for a year, she told the judge.

“I’ve hurt a lot of people,” she said, noting she was lucky she hadn’t injured any more. “My sobriety means more and more to me.” 

Judge Jon Hulsing said it looked like Edmondson was addressing her primary issue.

In addition to the 30 days in jail, Edmondson must complete 60 days of community service and be on probation for two years.

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