A 29-year-old West St. Paul woman faces several charges after a series of incidents Dec. 13 in which she reportedly fought with family members at an Empire Township home and drove drunk with her children, ages 9 and 6, in the car.
Jolene Oldenburg's mother told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies her daughter had assaulted her and broken the phone in her house so she couldn't call 911. She said Oldenburg then put her children in the car and drove away with a bottle of vodka.
Located by police later that night Oldenburg denied assaulting her mother but admitted driving drunk with her children in the car. She told sheriff's deputies she did so because she was afraid of her mother.
Oldenburg faces a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call The maximum sentence for that offense is one year and the maximum fine is $3,000. She has also been charged with assault and driving while impaired.
The DUI charges each have a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000. The assault charge has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.