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Published August 09, 2010, 11:07 AM

Elderly ND driver facing charges warned by judge

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A judge has warned an elderly Oberon woman that she will be jailed if authorities catch her driving again.

Ninety-three-year-old Faith Mitzel of Oberon didn't enter a formal plea during a court appearance Monday but told Judge Donovan Foughty she's not guilty, and has someone to drive her around.

Mitzel's driver's license was suspended following a May crash in which authorities say she hit two motorcycles, killing a woman. She was fined $20. Mitzel was stopped last week on a traffic violation and subsequently arrested for driving with a suspended license and not having insurance. Both are misdemeanors.

Foughty on Monday ordered license plates removed from 10 vehicles registered to Mitzel. He also ordered that the vehicle she was driving last week remain impounded until she can show a valid license. She's due back in court Aug. 23.