A mother with a history of drunk driving was given 50 days in jail after she was caught inebriated behind the wheel with three children in her car.
The woman, Natasha Bryant, 26, entered guilty pleas to charges of second-offense DUI and reckless endangerment. She was ordered by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 50 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, perform 24 hours public service work, pay $600 plus costs and lose her driving privileges for two years.
Bryant was arrested after officers were alerted to a drunk driver on Airport Lake Road. When Highway Patrolman Rodney Whiles arrived, he reported finding the Chrysler van, described in the alert, turning into a driveway on Airport Lake.
“I saw her getting into her vehicle,” Whiles recalled pulling up to the suspect’s van and asking her to perform a field sobriety test. “She performed poorly on all the field sobriety tests.”
Bryant was arrested for drunk driving after failing the tests. It was then found she had a prior DUI back in 2008.
At the time of her arrest, Whiles reported finding her two sons, ages 3 and 8, along with a friend’s 12-year-old daughter in the car leading to the reckless endangerment counts.