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Breastfeeding driver stuns police
Woman breastfeeding baby
Donkers says she does not believe that she did anything wrong
A US woman has been sentenced to three months house arrest after being spotted breastfeeding her child while driving.

Catherine Donkers, 29, was nursing her baby daughter on an Ohio highway while driving at 65mph.

She said she did not stop because she was talking on the phone to her husband and taking notes on the steering wheel.

Donkers is said to belong to a sect which requires her to follow her husband's orders. She was convicted of breaking child restraint laws.

'Sacrificing principles'

Donkers, who was driving from Pittsburgh to Detroit at the time of her arrest, was also found guilty of driving without a licence and failing to comply with officers.

She drove for three miles without stopping despite officers demanding she pull over.

"When I haven't done anything wrong why would I... sacrifice my principles?
Catherine Donkers
She finally pulled off the road and stopped near a toll booth, she said, because she felt it was safe there.

"When I haven't done anything wrong, why would I... sacrifice my principles?" she told local radio, adding she felt her civil rights had been violated.

Donkers reportedly said she fed the baby on her husband's orders to save time.

Donkers and her husband are believed to be members of an organisation called the First Christian Fellowship for Eternal Sovereignty which instructs that the husband is the head of the family and a wife can submit to punishment only from him.

The fellowship, thought to have been founded in the state of Nevada in the 1990s, is said to have a history of challenging US government laws.

Donkers now has 30 days to decide whether she intends to appeal against her sentence.

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