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Mitchell woman admits to drinking alcohol while on probation

A Mitchell woman convicted of third-offense drunken driving in 2011 admitted Tuesday to violating her probation by drinking alcohol.

Lori Willim, 51, told the court a misunderstanding about when she was required to participate in the state 24/7 Sobriety program led to the violation.

She was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.081 when tested for the 24/7 Sobriety program, but told the court she only consumed one drink the night before the test. Both Judge Rodney Steele and Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith were skeptical of Willim's claim.

"I think she is in denial of how big of a problem she has," Smith said.

Though Steele agreed, he released Willim on her own recognizance but said if she violates probation again she will stay in jail until she is sentenced.

A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for November.