A police officer who clocked a woman driving at more than twice the speed limit was shocked to discover she had two small children in her car, neither of whom was in a child’s car seat.
26 year-old Cheryl Gilson was going so fast that it took a state trooper 10 miles to get close enough to her vehicle to be able to stop it. Despite the fact that she had a three year-old and a five year-old with her, she told the office who stopped her April that she was in a hurry.
Gilson was driving her Hyundai Sonata on a highway in Portland, Oregon; the speed limit on that road is 60mph but Gilson was going at 123mph, more than twice the legal limit. Gilson pleaded guilty of charges of endangering the welfare of a child, driving to endanger and driving more than 35 mpmh over the speed limit; she was sentenced to six months in prison.
It is not Gilson’s first offence; in July she was charged with driving while drunk with a child in the car; that case has not yet come to trial. She also has past charges for speeding and diving under the influence of alcohol and has had her license suspended several times.