93-year-old woman in court on driving charges
A 93-year-old woman who has found herself in trouble after recently getting caught behind the wheel assured a Devils Lake judge Monday that she has someone to drive her around.
Faith Mitzel of Oberon, N.D., made her initial appearance on misdemeanor charges of driving without insurance and driving with a suspended license.
Mitzel told state District Judge Donovan Foughty that she's not guilty of the charges. Her pleas were not entered into the record, instead she was given the chance to apply for a court-appointed attorney, Foughty's court reporter said.
Mitzel's license was suspended after she was involved in a fatal crash on May 19. Authorities said her car hit two motorcycles on a highway in Benson County, N.D., killing a woman and seriously injuring two men. After a highway patrol investigation, Mitzel was fined $20 for driving on the wrong side of the road.
On Aug. 3, a Ramsey County sheriff's deputy stopped her just outside Devils Lake for a traffic violation and ended up citing her for driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
On Monday, the judge ordered that Mitzel's vehicle remain impounded until she has a valid license and proof of insurance. The judge also ordered authorities to seize the license plates of other vehicles registered to her.
Mitzel's next court hearing is set for Aug. 23.