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Mom pleads guilty to riding on car roof with 5-year-old son

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NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has pleaded guilty to riding with her 5-year-old son on the roof of a station wagon, holding onto the cargo rack as the vehicle traveled at least 50 mph.

The Caledonian Record reports Lindsey Perkins of Newport pleaded guilty Tuesday in Orleans Superior Court, avoiding trial on charges of providing false information to a police officer and cruelty. A charge of reckless endangerment was dropped.

Police say the vehicle operated by 20-year-old Nicholas Nobaris was traveling at speeds of 50 to 55 mph on Route 14 in Coventry last month.

Authorities say witnesses reported seeing a woman and child holding onto the roof rack of the station wagon. One provided photos.

Perkins was sentenced to one to three years in jail, all suspended except four days.

Nobaris pleaded not guilty to reckless or grossly negligent operation and reckless endangerment.

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