Kim Mathers avoids jail time in drunken driving case

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 22, 2016


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kim Mathers will not receive jail time after pleading no contest to a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.

Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, received a sentence of 12 months of reporting probation, as well as a fine of $900, after she crashed her 2009 Cadillac Escalade in an admitted suicide attempt Oct. 7, 2015 on Card Road near 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

She was in 41-A District Court of Shelby Township to receive her sentence Nov. 22.

“I’m truly sorry for my actions that day,” Mathers said to Judge Douglas Shepherd. “It was selfish and destructive. I didn’t take into consideration anyone else’s safety and the feelings of my family. I’m truly sorry.”

Mathers’ defense attorney Michael Smith said during the hearing that Mathers has already been attending rehabilitation programs following the crash.

Prior to the crash, Mathers had no criminal record, drinking related offenses or points on her driving record, Smith said. She also cares for three children, and her parents.

Smith added that Mathers had drug and alcohol charges dropped against her in 2003, but she completed a rehabilitation course at a Minnesota facility in 2004.

“Her life has been a fishbowl,” Smith said. “It’s been magnified with anything she does because of who she was married to. It’s unfair, but she understands it, and that goes with the territory.”

Shepherd said during the hearing that if Mathers violates her probation and becomes a repeat offender, she would receive jail time similar to all other repeat drunken driving offenders.

Mathers will be randomly tested for alcohol four times per month, and two times per month for illegal drugs.

According to a report from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident, the debris field of the crash indicated that Mathers was traveling southbound on Card Road when her Escalade veered off the road to the right, struck a culvert, rolled and hit a utility pole near 23 Mile Road.

Records indicate that Mathers was bleeding after the accident and sustained injuries to her right hand and foot.

Documents also show that Mathers was wearing a seatbelt, but reportedly told officers that she drank a fifth of rum before driving.

Deputies were advised by a Macomb Township firefighter that Mathers allegedly told the firefighter that she drove off the road on purpose, which led him to believe she was suicidal.

A motion to seal the case’s records was granted Jan. 19, before becoming unsealed April 28.

Mathers remains a Macomb Township resident.