Woman Jailed Three Times in One Week for Drunk Driving
A woman from Douglas County Colorado is in jail and is facing a number of charges related to three arrests for driving under the influence that she got in just one week. Kimberly Micheloni, 40, was arrested the first time on May 13, 2014 for driving under the influence and child abuse after driving impaired with her 14-year-old daughter in the car. The very next day, on May 14, 2014, She was arrested once again. The final arrest came on May 20, 2014, when she was once again caught by police driving under the influence. According to Micheloni, she is currently taking prescription drugs under the direction of her doctor and that may have led to the reckless behavior that caused these arrests. It is unclear if she was under the influence of alcohol or these prescription medications when she was arrested. Micheloni remains in jail for the three DUI charges, child abuse and two contempt charges and has bail set of $225,000.
Whenever someone has a string of arrests close together, it becomes highly likely that they will be serving jail time, even if the arrests are for misdemeanors or other relatively minor things. Drunk driving charges are considered more serious than this, and then there are three of them in a week, it is a sign of a much more serious problem and a sign that someone is a real danger to the community.
Even a second DUI in a couple of days is a bad sign. At that point, there is already most likely an order in place not to get behind the wheel while impaired as part of the conditions of being released on bond. In this case, it appears that this was a condition that was not only set once, but twice, for the arrests on the 13th and 14th. The contempt charges that Micheloni is currently facing are most likely for breaking these orders set by the judge on the first two cases.
The number of arrests over the span of a week is also why Micheloni is currently in jail on such as high bond as well. Usually for a DUI charge, the bond is not especially high at a few thousand dollars. However, when a criminal defendant shows a pattern over a short period of time of not following the conditions of being released, such as continuing to get in trouble with the law or making a flight attempt, the chances of ending up in jail with a high bail is not uncommon. It is up to the court issuing the bond to make sure that the public is not in danger from the defendant and that they will show up in court.
While there has been no indication that Micheloni is a flight risk, her week of arrests does show that she has little regard for the safety of the public and will get behind the wheel while impaired despite the very obvious consequences. The fact that she drove while impaired after two very recent arrests shows that she could be inclined to drive under the influence again given the opportunity, explaining the very high bond set for her.