Couple caught drinking with kid in car
MARIE KEMPH, email@example.com
A 46-year-old man and woman are facing multiple charges after police allegedly busted the pair drinking an alcoholic beverage Saturday while they were traveling down Kenslo Avenue with her son in the backseat.
Officer Christopher Phillips initially stopped Reginald Simpson, whose license is revoked, and 32-year-old Alvina Dutton just before 5 p.m. for a seatbelt violation, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
As Phillips approached the vehicle, however, he reportedly saw Simpson spraying a heavy amount of cologne on his shirt, which seemed suspicious.
“At this time, Simpson informed me that he did not possess a valid driver’s license,” Phillips reported, adding a routine check through the National Crime Information Center confirmed Simpson did not have a license because of two driving under the influence convictions.
“Shortly after, I made contact with the front seat passenger, Dutton, who informed me that Simpson had currently been drinking alcohol from the cup that she had in her possession,” Phillips reported.
Although Dutton, whose son is 8 years old, admitted to knowing that Simpson was drinking out of her cup, she said she let him drive “because he had been complaining about her driving.”
“During this conversation, I observed Dutton’s son to be sitting in the backseat,” Phillips reported, adding Simpson was then asked to complete field sobriety tests but failed to complete them as demonstrated.
“Due to the vehicle being registered to Dutton and her knowledge of his intoxication, she was placed under arrest … due to the danger to her son,” Phillips reported.
Both were then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where Simpson was charged with a DUI third offense, second offense of driving on a revoked license, and violation of the open container law.
Dutton has been charged with DUI by allowance and felony child neglect in connection with the incident.
A preliminary hearing has since been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.