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Woman Gets Probation For DUI With Judge, Kids In Car

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SOUTHFIELD (WWJ/AP) – A woman charged with drunken driving while a Michigan judge and his two daughters were in the car has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Brenda Conway, 51, learned her punishment on Thursday in a Southfield courtroom. She earlier pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of operating while intoxicated with occupants younger than 16, and could have been sentenced to a year in jail.

Conway called it a “huge mistake.” She told the court she was asked to drive that night by Macomb County Judge Circuit Court Richard Caretti, who wasn’t charged.

Police say Conway was stopped in Franklin on suspicion of driving drunk in January. Conway told police she and Caretti had been at a wedding reception earlier that night.

Authorities said at the time, Conway registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent during an initial breath test, the Detroit News reported. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08.

Caretti has denied that he was drunk or knew that his girlfriend may have been drunk.

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