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Maine mom admits speeding 127 MPH with kids in car

Cheryl Gilson, 26. CBS affiliate WGME

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - A mother who was arrested in April for driving 127 miles per hour on a Maine highway with her young children in the car has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, reports CBS affiliate WGME.

According to the Cumberland County Jail, Cheryl Gilson pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of driving to endanger, endangering the welfare of a child and driving more than 35 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The 180-day sentence comes just three weeks after 26-year-old Cheryl Gilson was again arrested, for operating a vehicle under the influence with a child in the car.

Detective Donald Blatchford told the station an officer spotted Gilson driving erratically on Route 1 on the afternoon of July 13. She was arrested and charged with violation of bail, endangering the welfare of a child and operating under the influence. Police said she was drunk.

Blatchford said in the recent incident there was a child, age 6 or 7, in the vehicle who was not in a car seat. Two other adults were also in the vehicle. WGME reports the child's relation to Gilson and the other passengers is unclear.

In the April speeding case, Gilson was stopped for going almost twice the 65-mile-an-hour speed limit on the Maine Turnpike with her two children - ages 5 and 3 - in her 2009 Hyundai Sonata, the Portland Press Herald reports. Neither child was in a car seat in that instance, as well. The mother posted $250 bail shortly after the incident.

  • Crimesider Staff

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