LMPD: Intoxicated mother puts children at risk for second time in 9 months
Jennifer Nunnally (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman was arrested Sunday for driving the wrong way on a one-way street while intoxicated with her two small children unrestrained in the car, and it's not the first time she's been accused of putting her children at risk.
According to a police report, Jennifer Nunnally, 29, was seen driving the wrong way on River Park Drive between 37th Street and Amy Avenue just before 11:00 Sunday night.
Nunnally smelled strongly of alcohol, had glassy eyes and a thick tongue while speaking, the arresting officer reported. Nunnally also shoved a tissue containing five prescription pills between her seat and the center console in an effort to conceal the pills from the officer. She failed a field sobriety test, the arrest report states.
Nunnally told the officer she had a drink earlier in the day. She was in possession of an open can of malt beverage as well as a cold, full can of the same brand in the door, according to the report. She also was operating the vehicle on a suspended license.
"The fact that she was driving the wrong way down a one-way street, and the fact that the two very small children were sitting unrestrained in the back of the car... [Nunnally] demonstrated extreme indifference to the value of her two children's lives and created a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury," the officer stated in the report.
Nunnally is charged with careless driving, failure to use a child restraint device in a vehicle, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, and two counts of wanton endangerment.
In June 2013, Nunnally was charged with four counts of abandonmentl. Police said she left her four children home alone for days without food, running water, and electricity while temperatures outside climbed to the upper 80s. The children included 2-year-old twins a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old.