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Woman With Infant in Car Charged With Her 9th OWI

Defendant, now 28, has a record of offenses dating to her juvenile years, when she was apparently convicted of negligent homicide while driving.

A 28-year-old Milwaukee woman is facing her ninth drunk driving charge after she hit a car and a median while driving on Highway 41 near Wauwatosa with her 11-month-old daughter in the back seat.

Evelynn M. Brown was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of ninth-offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 10:57 p.m. Friday, a man called the after seeing Brown driving northbound on Miller Park Way near Canal Street, where she veered out of her lane, struck a median, drove across some grass for 50 feet, then veered across all four lanes of traffic and hit some construction barrels.

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Brown continued northbound on Highway 41 before exiting at Lloyd Street, where she stopped her car on the exit ramp after hitting another car.

When deputies arrived, they found a man assisting Brown who said she had sideswiped his car. He told them that after they stopped, he noticed she was drunk and that there was a young child in the back of the car.

He said he got Brown out of the vehicle, then moved it to the side of the off-ramp.

Brown was crying and making incoherent remarks when the deputy spoke to her, and she smelled of alcohol. The deputy determined the 11-month-old in the back of the car was in fact Brown’s child.

Brown was arrested for drunken driving and taken in for a blood test.

Brown was previously convicted of drunk driving in 2000, 2001, 2002, four times in 2005 and once in 2008.

The complaint states the 2000 conviction was for negligent homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, stemming from a 1999 event; however, Patch was unable to find specific court records about that event.

Given her Aug. 8, 1983, date of birth, a 1999 incident could well be shrouded in closed juvenile records.

A review of her court record shows several additional charges of operating while intoxicated that were dismissed on prosecutors' motions, and one case in 2004 in which she pleaded guilty to felony eluding an officer, while 24 charges of bail jumping were dismissed at the prosecutor's request.

According to court records of Brown’s last conviction in 2008, she was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Thomas P. Donegan in March of that year to two years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

She’s currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail on $30,000 bond while awaiting trial.  

KAY KRISTIN July 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
the system hasn't failed this woman - she has failed HERSELF and her children. Nobody else is putting that drink to her lips - she is. She has the ability to go for treatment without "the system" MAKING her do it. Unfortunately, she apparently doesn't WANT to get this monkey off her back or she would attempt to do so without being forced to do so. It's called taking responsibility for your own actions. Until she does that...she has NO sympathy from me. Her children have my sympathy...her victims have my sympathy...but SHE needs a serious change of attitude for me to give her an ounce of sympathy.
John Walters July 21, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Summertime24 you say none of us now the problems she has had. My son died of a drug over dose at 19. We tried to get him into drug rehab buy since he was over 18 he could refuse to go. We thought he had stopped using so we stopped testing him weekly and tried to be kind and made it monthly and before his next test he was dead on my living room floor having drank 2 liters of Vodka and some drugs he got off the street one being Ecstasy. Had the state let us put him in in-house care rehab he be alive today.We would have sold our house if we had to to save him but the law stopped us. This woman needs help and she is too far gone to help herself, I fear she will kill again if the state lets her out to drive again.
John Jones July 21, 2012 at 09:10 AM
It's ashame of the ignorance in this room. In Ohio DUI meant driving under the influence. Since the state needed more money they changed it to OVI which means operating vehicle impaired. Now if you have allergies and your eyes are red you are arrested for OVI. A young woman even who walked in to catch her husband cheating chose to drive away. She was later arrested for OVI because she was crying and considered impaired. As well as her family, friends and employer were concerned she was wasted after being charged with this. Look it up for yourself. The laws are absurd. Let me ask you, when do the laws become too much? After you're arrested and it costs you thousands of dollars? Don't wait till then.
John Jones July 23, 2012 at 09:33 AM
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John Jones July 23, 2012 at 09:36 AM
No they know she's been drinking, which is still legal in the US the last time I checked, but they know she doesn't get drunk enough to actually hurt someone. With the new laws theres a big difference between drunk and being drunk enough to hurt someone.
John Jones July 23, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Isn't it amazing how "drunk" people can run from the police at 100 miles an hour and drive GREAT. HUH, alcohol is still legal as many of you seem to want prohibition. Prohibition didn't work and MADD is now pushing for a BAC of zero. That's not gonna happen so deal with it.
John Jones July 23, 2012 at 09:47 AM
Even the police know theres no danger in a person drinking and driving unless they are flat wasted. however, every time they arrest someone for a DUI they get money, and if a person has been arrested before they get more money. It's all a joke to get money and anyone who drinks knows it. I've had 3 DUI's, was never wasted or a danger to anyone, did a total of 3 days in jail, and saw the judge who sentenced me at a bar the day I got out gettin wasted. He apologized to me but said because of groups like MADD it is now mandated he do so. What a waste of taxpayer money you nuts are.
John Jones July 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM
my sincerest condolences, but did you know the national highway transportation board states that people over 65 have the same reflexes of a drunk driver? So are all of these drivers killers? Anyone who drives, is at risk of having an accident, if you are over 65 and hit and kill someone it is called an accident, but if the guy was relaxing and having a few drinks after working all day it is called murder. However, I for one think if drinking with a few drinks is in you is a crime then we should also ban those over 65 from driving. I can send you the factual evidence from the national transportation highway board if you like. I know you are just looking for someone to blame, and I would do the same, but theres no difference in someone drinking and driving and someone over 65 driving. This is a proven fact that cannot be disputed. So if you wanna hate someone, be honest and hate all impaired drivers.
John Jones July 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
She never killed anyone, you've been listening to the do gooders too much. and these are the same people who read th bible which states,"organized religion is evil" but they have been brainwashed to give their money, and do so regularly
Mary G July 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Mr. Jones, I am not speaking for anyone but myself here. I don't believe in prohibition either. I don't see anything wrong with drinking alcohol at all. Go have a great time and then either have a designated driver or a taxi drive you safely home. I DON'T believe ANYONE should be behind the wheel of a vehicle if they are impaired in ANYWAY!! I also believe that ALL drivers should be retested every 10 years or so to make sure they are healthy and alert enough to operate a vehicle (any vehicle) that could cause serious harm to themselves or someone else. I have been on both sides of this issue with loved ones. One relative lost his license for a period along with short jail time and comm. service. I have also had a very close friend of my daughter's killed by a drunk driver. This person was 'just over' the legal limit for drunk driving. My daughter lost someone she loved and cared about and after 4 years is still struggling to overcome this senseless loss of a beautiful person. If you are impaired in any way, you should not be driving a vehicle. I am never going to change my position on this subject and obviously, you feel its ok to drink and drive and are not going to change your position on this matter. And by the way, The woman in this article DID kill someone when she was a teen. I wonder whether someone you love was injured or killed by someone who is "impaired" by alcohol, if your view would remain the same. Hmmmmmmm......
Anne Koslik July 25, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Couldn't agree more!! In 2008, we buried 3 family members, 53, 14 and 13. Many serious injuries to the other 5 passengers. Lost his liscence in one state and got it it another by not checking he had prior's. Now in jail for 40 + years, it took people to die in this case...take the keys, the car and the kids!
Jim Price July 25, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Sherylynne, it is not the prosecutor in Milwaukee County who has been lax. The woman did not grow up in the Milwaukee area and her early offenses and convictions were elsewhere, as were her dismissals. Within the laxity of the state's laws in general, Milwaukee County's prosecutors are probably the strictest in the state and have generally tried to convict this woman whenever possible.
Jim Price July 25, 2012 at 03:58 AM
John Jones, whoever you are, I am the editor of this site and if you ever again spam this site by posting the same reply to every other comment in the thread, you will be banned. I have far better things to do with my time than deleting your repetitiions. I have left your other comments up as part of the conversation. Please do not repeat this.
Jim Price July 25, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Gigi, Melissa, you're both wrong. She is neither Caucasian, black or Hispanic.
John Walters July 29, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Do you drive drunk? You sound like someone who drives impaired often. Since I do not drive impaired I won't lose any sleep over laws used to protect me and all the other drivers who drive with their heads unimpaired. As for this woman who drove while she was still too upset to drive, she should have been arrested. Driving under great emotional stress is as bad as driving drunk.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Lets see, she's never hurt anyone except the bruises of the prohibitionist group MADD. In addition, the NTSB has stated that adults over 65 have worst refuxes than that of a drunk driver. Should we arrest everyone over 65 who has a child in their car, or do you not know what you are talking about and just assume everyone arrested for DUI is drunk. Do you know that you can now get a DUI if you have any alcohol in your system and are not drunk? You sound like a Fox news viewer who believes what is fed to them instead of finding out the truth by seeking several sources. You don't deserve to have an opinion unless you seek several sources to find out the truth.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Lets see, she's never hurt anyone except the bruises of the prohibitionist group MADD. In addition, the NTSB has stated that adults over 65 have worst refuxes than that of a drunk driver. Should we arrest everyone over 65 who has a child in their car, or do you not know what you are talking about and just assume everyone arrested for DUI is drunk. Do you know that you can now get a DUI if you have any alcohol in your system and are not drunk? You sound like a Fox news viewer who believes what is fed to them instead of finding out the truth by seeking several sources. You don't deserve to have an opinion unless you seek several sources to find out the truth.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Lets see, she's never hurt anyone except the bruises of the prohibitionist group MADD. In addition, the NTSB has stated that adults over 65 have worst refuxes than that of a drunk driver. Should we arrest everyone over 65 who has a child in their car, or do you not know what you are talking about and just assume everyone arrested for DUI is drunk. Do you know that you can now get a DUI if you have any alcohol in your system and are not drunk? You sound like a Fox news viewer who believes what is fed to them instead of finding out the truth by seeking several sources. You don't deserve to have an opinion unless you seek several sources to find out the truth.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Mary, she has never hurt anyone, as most don't, you sound like another Fox news viewer who doesn't want to know the truth and believes you know best. I have drank and drove for 50 years without incident. Nothing even groups of nuts that don't know what they are talking about will stop me from having a good time. The older generation enjoyed going out and drinking and I will too. Wake up and smell the beer honey, drinking is still legal and more peoples lives are ruined by not being drunk than are those by being drunk.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Mary, I totally respect what you are saying and agree with some of it, and I think we both agree "drunk" drivers should be off the road and arrested. But when Americans can't go drink two light beers without being arreasted there is a problem. The problem is so bad that many people go to bars and say,"I'm only gonna drink a couple because I don't wanna be legally drunk". but when they find out how the law actually works, they realize I might as well get wasted as you will be arrested for being responsible and drinking one beer, the same as if you drank twenty beers. MADD pushed for these laws, and even their founder quit saying MADD wasn't against drunk drivers, but were a prohibitionist group. MADD has encouraged responsible drinkers to get drunk, because being responsible got the same results as being wasted. Want the link?
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:36 AM
You sound like a Fox news viewer who believes whatever is told to you without caring about the truth. It's ashame you believe what's spoon fed to you instead of realizing a businessman who has a glass of wine at dinner will be arrested for DUI. Yea you don't have to be drunk anymore to be arrested for drunk driving, but people like you are the problem. Get drunk drivers off the road without punishing those who drink!!!!!!!! Know the facts before you post, and not just what Fox news or MADD has brainwashed you with.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:40 AM
You don't have to be legally drunk to get a DUI anymore. Did you know that? If you don't now the truth, you have no business posting anything on here. We all want drunk drivers off the road, but if your husband had one beer with dinner, should he be arrested and put in the paper as a drunk driver. Because that's what happening. Did you know this or has MADD brainwashed you?
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:44 AM
We should imprison everyone who has even one drink(as that is what the law is now) and also imprison all our seniors who drive because the NTSB has proven that our senior citizens have the same reflexes as a drunk driver. Are you OK with that or has MADD brainwashed you to believe anyone who drinks is drunk?
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Please learn the laws before you post. It sounds good to arrest all drunk drivers, but you know longer have to be drunk to get arrested for drunk driving. You only have to have had even one drink. When your husband or boyfriend is arrested after leaving a restaurant for driving drunk, and it's put in the paper, even though he wasn't drunk, you only have yourself to blame as you supported laws you know nothing about.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Please learn the laws before you post. It sounds good to arrest all drunk drivers, but you know longer have to be drunk to get arrested for drunk driving. You only have to have had even one drink. When your husband or boyfriend is arrested after leaving a restaurant for driving drunk, and it's put in the paper, even though he wasn't drunk, you only have yourself to blame as you supported laws you know nothing about.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Tony, you are the kind of man who will go to heaven. The rest of these people think they have never sinned, and judge others. may God bless you.
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Please learn the laws before you post. It sounds good to arrest all drunk drivers, but you know longer have to be drunk to get arrested for drunk driving. You only have to have had even one drink. When your husband or boyfriend is arrested after leaving a restaurant for driving drunk, and it's put in the paper, even though he wasn't drunk, you only have yourself to blame as you supported laws you know nothing about. Did you know the police department that arrests her gets more money for her arrest every time she's arrested for DUI, even if she's not drunk? Giving them a great incentive to arrest her. The ohio state highway patrol recently got so much extra money, they took a "training trip" in Hawaii. Does that sound like drivers got a fair shake?
John Jones August 03, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Please learn the laws before you post. It sounds good to arrest all drunk drivers, but you know longer have to be drunk to get arrested for drunk driving. You only have to have had even one drink. When your husband or boyfriend is arrested after leaving a restaurant for driving drunk, and it's put in the paper, even though he wasn't drunk, you only have yourself to blame as you supported laws you know nothing about. Did you know the police department that arrests her gets more money for her arrest every time she's arrested for DUI, even if she's not drunk? Giving them a great incentive to arrest her. The ohio state highway patrol recently got so much extra money, they took a "training trip" in Hawaii. Does that sound like drivers got a fair shake? Please find out the truth before you speak, you just make yourself look ignorant if you don't. And no Fox news is not an authority.
Bob August 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
John, sorry to deflate your ego, but the laws are on the books as to the punishments. How many times does it take for you before a pattern exists to lock that person away. The judges and prosecutors are given a lot of leeway in what they do, s maybe you need to know and understand the laws before posting. I don't feel sorry for you husband or boyfriend when you get your name in the paper. If you are going to drink and drive, you deserve the humiliation.
alt ideas needed December 10, 2012 at 05:03 AM
"Please find out the truth before you speak, you just make yourself look ignorant"

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