Police: Murfreesboro mom was drunk with 4 kids in car
Feb 27, 2012 08:47 PM
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Angel Britton, 28, was arrested Friday night.
Murfreesboro police spokesperson Kyle Evans said Britton was driving the wrong way on South Church Street on Friday night.
Clifton Childs prevented Britton from leaving the scene of the accident.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
A Murfreesboro mother was arrested Friday night for allegedly driving drunk with four young children in the car.
Murfreesboro police spokesperson Kyle Evans said Angel Britton was driving the wrong way on South Church Street around 9:30 p.m. and hit two cars at the intersection of South Rutherford Boulevard before a Good Samaritan intervened.
At the time, Evans said Britton, 28, had her three daughters, ages five, three and 10 months, in the car, in addition to her three-year-old nephew.
"She had an open container inside her vehicle as well as, and more importantly four juvenile children," Evans told Nashville's News 2.
The children were not injured.
After the wreck, Britton tried to drive away but Clifton Childs reached into her car and grabbed her keys.
"She just starts mumbling because she was so drunk," Childs said. "She goes, ‘can I go home now?' I said, ‘you aren't going anywhere until the police get here.'"
When Murfreesboro police arrived, Childs handed an officer Britton's keys.
He said three of the children in the backseat were not wearing seatbelts.
Childs told Nashville's News 2 Britton was so drunk she thought he crashed into her car.
"She was just rambling on and started crying, wanting to go home," he said. "She knew she was going to jail."
Childs continued, "I think she should do some hard time for it."
Police credit Childs with possibly saving other lives because he did not let Britton leave the scene of the wreck.
"Not only did she cause an injury accident which could have been potentially fatal, she tried to leave, and in this case we believe that the witness could have possibly saved people's lives by removing the keys from the vehicle," Evans said.
Britton was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and having an open container and booked into the Rutherford County jail.
She has since been released on bond.
A woman who answered the door at the address listed on Britton's arrest report identified herself as Britton's mother-in-law. She said Britton was staying with her mother.
"They said she was drunk," the woman said. "She said she wasn't. I just know."
The woman said Friday's incident is not the first time Britton has been in trouble due to alcohol.
The Tennessee Department of Children's Services recommended police release the children into the custody of their father which they did the same night of the accident.
Two drivers in the cars Britton hit suffered minor injuries.
Britton is due in Rutherford County General Session court at 8 a.m. on April 5.