Grandma reminds locals of dangers of drinking & driving

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Police said Maria Krull, 46, had a blood alcohol level of .415 or five times the legal limit. It's a level so high it even shocked the judge who arraigned her.

Police say Krull was pulled over for speeding Tuesday afternoon on West Third Street, and that's when officers spotted her five year old granddaughter also in the car. Neither was hurt.

This is not the first time Krull has been arrested with driving drunk. So the judge hit her with the sober reality of being ordered to jail on $32,000 bond.

It's a reality Jim Waford said he knows too well.

"My opinion of driving with kids in your car and drinking is it's a very sick person driving the car," Waford said.

Waford battled alcoholism for 20 years. He's been sober for 30 years. Waford now spends his time speaking to children, adults, and even prisoners about the disease. Wednesday afternoon he headed to a prison in Lagrange, KY to do just that.

Waford hates the disease, but says he knows the danger. One that he says fools many to think just one drink will be okay. Waford says if you drink and drive, that one drink can be the one mistake that you'll never live to correct.

"It's not where when or how much you drink, it's what it does to you when you drink," Waford said. "You can drink one time. I've been to dozens of funerals where people say you can drink one time. And I went to my son's funeral, he thought he could shoot heroin and cocaine one time. He did and he was in a nursing home for 10 years and died from alcohol and drugs."

Krull was also arrested for driving under the influence back in September. That case remains pending.

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