Woman sentenced for DUI crash

2012-07-10T13:38:00Z 2012-07-10T17:47:09Z Woman sentenced for DUI crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A woman who crashed into a ditch while driving drunk with her 6-year-old daughter and others in the vehicle was sentenced Tuesday in District Court.

Sharon Rose Whiteman, 44, tearfully apologized to Judge Russell Fagg before she was sentenced for her fifth DUI and a felony charge of criminal endangerment. Whiteman said she needs treatment to stay sober and be with her two children.

Fagg ordered Whiteman to serve a 13-month sentence in state custody, followed by four years of probation, and pay a $1,500 fine. He also recommended Whiteman for a state alcohol treatment program.

The judge imposed a concurrent, five-year suspended sentence for the endangerment charge.

Whiteman was charged for an incident Feb. 6 when a state trooper found a vehicle in a ditch off Southgate Drive. Several passengers were in the vehicle, including Whiteman's 6-year-old daughter.  

Whiteman has a prior conviction for felony criminal endangerment.

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