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Mom cited for drunken driving

A Spokane Valley mother faces criminal charges after police say her toddler walked away from a drunken car crash as she tried to free her vehicle.

Denice L. Goode, 42, was booked into Spokane Count Jail today on misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and reckless endangerment after the 1:45 a.m. crash at East Bridgeport Avenue and North Marguerite Road.

Goode reportedly told deputies she’d cut a corner too sharply and driven onto boulders, then allowed her three-year-old son to play outside as she tried to free her 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, according to a news release.

Spokane Valley police officers found the boy at the 7-Eleven on North Argonne Road, about two blocks from the crash scene. The boy’s father, who was working, picked him up, according to a news release.

Goode remained in jail on $1,000 bond this morning.

She was convicted of drunken driving twice in 2002, according to news archives.

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