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Neighborhood concerned at convicted drunk driver living in area
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People living in one Kalamazoo County neighborhood say they are worried about letting their kids bike ride and play in the streets in front of their own homes.
That's because they say one of their neighbors is a convicted drunk driver and drives recklessly through the neighborhood and even recently crashed in a front yard.
In the crash earlier this month her SUV ran over a stop sign and up into trees in the front yard of a home. Neighbors in the Texas Township subdivision say they had worried about something like this happening and say the woman behind the wheel should not have been driving after a prior drunk driving arrest.
"In a friendly neighborhood, lots of kids, it's been something I didn't expect when i moved into a place like this," says Nick Yetter.
And now what has them most worried is even after this crash they say their neighbor is still driving around .
"As a parent the concern always is what do we do with our children, do we keep them inside the house or do we let them walk the dog, do we let them ride their bikes. at the moment we're uncertain as to what the right approach is," says Janene Weathers-Pirbhai.
Newschannel 3 found the neighbor in question was involved in a one vehicle crash in 2011 and was cited for driving while intoxicated. She was on a restricted license through October of last year.
We talked to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office about the crash this month and it told us it's still investigating whether alcohol was a factor.
"We read about don't drink and drive, don't get a DUI, you'll go to jail. These are all the bad things that are going to happen, maybe you'll lose your job, but there don't seem to be any repercussion to her," says Yetter.
The Sheriff's Office said they would meet with neighbors and listen to their concerns, but said due process has to have a chance to run its course.
We tried to contact the neighbor in question but didn't hear back.