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SL woman gets prison time for 6th drunken driving conviction

Becky Vargo • Sep 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Prior to her sentencing Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court, a Spring Lake woman told Judge Karen Miedema that things are different now and she has reasons to change her alcoholic behavior.

Jennifer Carolyn Anderson said she’s now 46 years old and “I have a terminally ill mom.”

Anderson said she was trying to get to her mother in Holland Township on April 12 when police arrested her for drunken driving while she was getting gas for her car.

Her attorney, Abraham Gonzalez, told the judge that Anderson has struggled with alcoholism most of her life and is powerless against it without the proper tools.

“The thing that has to change is you,” Miedema told Anderson after listing the Spring Lake woman’s prior drunken driving offenses in 1991, 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2013. “There’s also concern for the public safety,” the judge said, noting that Anderson has been in treatment before.

The judge sentenced Anderson to 2-5 years in prison, with credit for 151 days already spent in jail, and her vehicle was ordered immobilized.

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