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Sioux Falls Mom: Sixth DUI Charge

January 2, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls Mom: Sixth DUI Charge
Nichole Kroger

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Two days after New Year's Eve celebrations and shocking drunk driving stories are still coming into the newsroom. 

A Sioux Falls mother of five is facing her 6th DUI charge after being stopped by police Tuesday night, but that's not her only charge and she is now looking at possible prison time.

Police say 36-year-old Nichole Kroger of Sioux Falls was driving erratically down Cliff Avenue near 26th Street when an off-duty police officer spotted her and called her in. 

"He observed the vehicle driving on the sidewalk, straddling the curb," Lt. Jerome Miller of the Sioux Falls Police Department said.

When police caught up with Kroger around 41st Street, they say she was still driving on the sidewalk.

Police say her eight and ten-year-old children were riding in the backseat at the time. 

"They were turned over to a legal guardian that was able to come to the scene, so we didn't have to put them into protective custody," Miller said.

That legal guardian was her husband Kevin Kroger. He declined an on-camera interview, but told us, he makes no excuses for his wife's actions. He says she struggles with alcohol addiction, but added she's a good mother who volunteers in the community. 

Kroger's blood alcohol content was .212, nearly three times the legal limit.  

Beside her 6th DUI, Kroger is also facing child abuse charges, an open container, driving with a revoked license and no seat belt.

"That's the type of stuff that's out there all the time, unfortunately that's the reason we are out there and appreciate those types of tips, whether they come from one of our own officers or another citizen, anything we can do to get those people off the road," Miller said.

Kroger was sentenced on her last DUI back in 2009 to five years in prison. She served two years before getting out on parole.

Kroger has also spent 18 months on the 24/7 program and only had one violation.

She is currently being held in jail on a $10,000 bond.

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