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MA repeat drunk driving offender in court

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A Massachusetts woman arrested for her role in a five car crash in Attleboro faced a judge Monday, six years after she pleaded guilty to causing a deadly crash.   

It was a painful day for the Finnegan family. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was in court again for driving under the influence. Her father told ABC6 he thought they were out of the woods last time when Elizabeth went into rehab.

22 year old Elizabeth Finnegan covered her face walking out of court in Attleboro with her mom. Her father was devastated his little girl was facing a judge again over her struggle with alcohol.

"She did her best for awhile, then she slipped back in," said father Mark Finnegan.

Police said Elizabeth was driving drunk and played a role in a five car crash on 95 north, early Sunday morning. Three people were taken to the hospital and state police had to shut down part of the highway.     

Her father told us his daughter was upset over what happened. "She's a girl who has some problems right now," he said, "She's a sweet kid other than her problems with alcohol, and you know I pray every day she gets the help she needs."

Finnegan thought she got that help last time. A couple years ago, she was ordered to spend time in an alcohol treatment center. That was her sentence for violating her parole after her first incident with alcohol in 2006, when she pleaded guilty to causing a deadly crash in Wrentham.

"She did well after that for about a year," said Finnegan, "Unfortunately, she slipped back after that."

Elizabeth's dad wouldn't say whether alcoholism runs in the family, but admitted his daughter knows she's an alcoholic. His response to Sunday's crash, "That's why they call it the insanity of alcoholism."

The 22 year old's bail is set at three thousand dollars. Even if she makes it, she'll be put on house arrest. The only time she'll be able to leave is to go to court or work.

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