Jul 01 2012

Exclusive sneak peek: ‘D.U.I.’ suspect started using meth at the age of 11

Published by at 2:02 pm under News

When “D.U.I.” returns to TLC on Thursday night, viewers will see a 22-year-old woman arrested for much more than just driving under the influence. Chantel’s charges also include possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of drugs — marijuana and methamphetamines — and possession of drug paraphernalia. But the crimes she’s accused of committing aren’t nearly as surprising as what she’s already been through.


An exclusive sneak peek of the episode reveals that Chantel’s troubles began long before the felony charges.

“I was 11 and I used meth for the first time, and my mom, she smoked it too,” Chantel, who’s now a mother herself, confessed. “I felt like I couldn’t connect with anybody in school. I mean, I was snorting lines in the bathroom, and they were snorting Pixy Stix.”

That drug use at such a remarkably young age was hardly an isolated incident for Chantel. In fact, it wasn’t long before she suffered major physical repercussions from her addiction to methamphetamines.

“I had completely, like, destroyed my kidneys and liver by the time I was 14,” she explained. “Everyone in my neighborhood knows me, and they all know that my mom is a junkie. And they all see me the same way, I guess.”

See if Chantel’s recent brush with the law and the fallout from it inspire her to make changes for her and her own child when “D.U.I.” returns to TLC on June 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

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