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Mother charged with sixth DWI

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During a New Year's Eve saturation patrol, Sioux Falls Police issued more than 150 citations -- nine were for drunk driving.

One Sioux Falls woman is facing her sixth DWI.

Not only is this 36-year-old Nichole Berry-Kroger's sixth DWI, but her two kids were in the backseat.

To gain a little perspective, we went to Kroger's neighborhood and the sidewalk police say she was driving on when she was arrested.

If Nichole Berry-Kroger is convicted, this sixth DWI could land her in the state penitentiary for up to ten years, in addition to costing her $20,000.

Many KSFY viewers are asking -- if police are correct and she got behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of .212, how could a mother put her children in that kind of danger?

We went to her home to ask that very question. Her husband answered the door.

"Our family loves and supports my wife," said Nichole Berry-Kroger's husband.

On New Year's Even, an off-duty officer spotted what he suspected to be a drunk driver south bound near 26th and Cliff in east Sioux Falls.

"One of our night traffic officers was able to intercept that vehicle at 41st and Cliff. He observed the vehicle driving on the sidewalk straddling the curb and got the vehicle stopped," said Lt. Jerome Miller, Sioux Falls Police.

And where the car was stopped was just blocks from Lincoln High School.

Nichole Berry-Kroger is accused of getting behind the wheel with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system which - according to police - means she knowingly put her two elementary age  kids in danger. That's in addition to anyone who may have been walking along the block of Cliff Ave. at the time. 

In addition to her sixth DWI, Kroger also faces child abuse charges, driving with a revoked license, open container and no seat belt.

New legislation aims to keep repeat drunk drivers off the road -- a law went into effect this past July. There is now a 25-year look-back period for habitual offenders. It used to be just 10 years.


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