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Woman gets probation after DWI crash with her child in the car

A Hartland woman who was intoxicated when the vehicle she was driving crashed, causing the injury of her daughter, was placed on probation for up to three years on Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Amber Rose Anderson, 30, was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal vehicular operation in February. She was given a stayed sentence of one year and one day in prison.

Amber Anderson

Court documents state Anderson was charged after Minnesota State Patrol deputies were dispatched to a vehicle crash on the afternoon of May 3, 2016, on Freeborn County Road 35, just east of Minnesota Highway 13.

Anderson — the driver of the vehicle — was reportedly found sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, which was on the east side of the road.

Court documents state Anderson admitted to drinking vodka and told her boyfriend that she had a couple of glasses of wine, as well.

Court documents also state Anderson had a .152 blood alcohol content on a preliminary breath test and a .214 BAC when a blood draw was conducted later that day.

Anderson’s daughter — described as 6 years old and 3 feet, 2 inches tall — had reportedly been riding in the front passenger seat without a booster seat. Her daughter suffered an ankle fracture — described as serious bodily harm in court documents — from the crash.

Anderson was charged with an additional count of felony criminal vehicular operation, two counts of second-degree driving while intoxicated and one count of not having a fastened child passenger restraint system for a child under 8 years old and under 57 inches tall, but those charges were dismissed.

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