An Olathe woman arrested for drunken driving last year while going to pick up her daughter from school in Kansas City was sentenced Thursday to long-term alcohol treatment.
Kelly R. Dixon, 43, must successfully complete up to two years of substance abuse treatment in the Missouri Department of Corrections or face a 13-year prison sentence, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge ruled.
Dixon had consumed a margarita, a beer and four shots of tequila before leaving a bar to pick up her daughter at St. Elizabeth School at 14 W. 75th St. Dixon crashed into the school’s stop sign swing arm.
A server at the bar where she drank the beer and tequila was so alarmed by her level of intoxication that he tried to prevent her from driving and called police after she left.
Dixon’s previous alcohol issues have been even more costly. In 1996, her 23-month-old son died after she crashed her car into a tree. Her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time.
In that case, a judge sentenced her to probation with a suspended 12-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
She also was incarcerated between 1999 and 2001 for a drunken driving arrest in Platte County.
After her arrest in September, Dixon told police that she “needs help to get her life together,” court records said.