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"Please Help Us:" 9-year-old's handwritten note gets mother arrested for drunk driving

WIVB

(CBS/AP) NORTH TONAWANDA, New York - Authorities near Buffalo have charged a woman with drunken driving, after police say her 9-year-old daughter wrote a note - in crayon - pleading for help from passing motorists.

The children wrote "Please Help Us" on a piece of paper, according to CBS affiliate WIVB.

Police in North Tonawanda say 38-year-old Bonnie Will was driving her daughter and two other children, ages 8 and 12, on Tuesday when she suddenly stopped her car on a busy road. That's when her daughter wrote the note, and held it up to a window in the car. A motorist called police.

According to WIVB, Police Chief Randy Szukala said of the children's situation, "They didn't have the ability to take the keys away. They didn't have the ability to make a phone call. A 9-year-old girl thought of the writing this note, hoping to flag someone down by saying, 'We need help.'"

Will was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving drunk with children in her vehicle and child endangerment. She's due in City Court March 3.