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October 30, 2013

Mom pleads not guilty to driving drunk

Police say Salem woman's 5-year-old son warned her to get off train tracks

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Though the boy knew his last name, he had trouble spelling it. Officers eventually learned that information and contacted the boy’s father, who is in a relationship with LeClair.

A loud and also intoxicated Jeremy Labrecque of Beverly showed up a short time later at the hospital with two other children in tow, older girls described by police as “quite mature for their ages,” 10 and 12.

He said the family was out having dinner at Mikado, a Japanese restaurant in the North Beverly Plaza, when LeClair got up and left suddenly with the youngest child. He watched as she got into the SUV and drove “crazy” through the parking lot, according to the police report.

But it was another driver on the road who flagged down police shortly before 9 p.m. to report seeing a vehicle turn onto the railroad tracks. Police saw the taillights as the SUV made its way over Federal Street.

Labrecque told police that he and LeClair had been “drinking margaritas all night,” and he knew he was too drunk to drive. He said he’d taken a cab home from the restaurant after LeClair left.

He conceded that the situation his girlfriend had placed herself and their child in that night was “messed up.”

Police have filed a report of suspected abuse or neglect with the Department of Children and Families.

Outside court, LeClair refused to comment. Her attorney, Nick Morris, also walked away from reporters without commenting on the case.

That’s in contrast to her behavior on Friday night when she screamed loudly and banged on her cell door, police said.

Besides the 5-year-old, LeClair, who is divorced, has three older children.

She is due back in court Dec. 19.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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