Mom's Joy Ride Gets Police Attention

It sounded like a good idea at the time, a bit of fun for the kids, but when the flashing lights appeared in her rearview, a young mother with three young children in her care may have thought twice. While witnesses and neighbors looked on, a mom in the driver’s seat of her 1999 Ford Taurus Station Wagon pulled her two children, 4 and 2 and their cousin, 8, behind her in a tiny red wagon attached to the bumper of the aged auto. Although onlookers attempted to stop the woman, alleged to be Alana Nicolle Donohue of Springfield, Oregon, she waved them off with asides to mind their own business. At one point, the car accelerated beyond the street limit of 25 miles per hour, prompting more calls to emergency crews to get out to the suburban neighborhood and stop the woman from continuing the joy ride around the roundabout in the quiet community. Donohue pulled over in the midst of the mid-afternoon fun fest after the toddler teared up. The little four-wheeled wagon trailing behind the exhaust pipe of the Taurus had leaned over on to two wheels, causing a bit of commotion among the young occupants. Mom pulled the teary 2-year-old from the plastic wagon and into the safety of the cabin of the car before driving off with the older children still clutching on to the children’s toy vehicle attached with a tow rope and trailing behind their mom's car. Whether or not the kids enjoyed the trip remains to be seen, however this story is not close to over as mom was booked into the Springfield Police Department on three counts of reckless endangerment, one charge for each of her terrified tots. Unfortunately, the woman didn’t seem fazed by the incident, asking what was wrong with the bit of entertainment she imagined she was offering her offspring during the simple street excursion on a hot summer day. She allegedly told police she was just out for a bit of fun and didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Although witnesses and readers may be shaking their heads, one thing is officially apparent. Springfield police did say that drugs and alcohol did not seem to be a factor at the time of Donohue’s arrest.

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