A 33-year-old Clarksville woman was arrested early Saturday morning after police said she was intoxicated when she tried to drive away with a one-year-old in the car.
Clarksville police responded to Ricketta Brimmer's Chalet Circle home around 4 a.m. after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen.
Upon arrival, officers found Brimmer in the driver's seat with the child on her lap.
“Every indication was she was headed for the road with the child in her lap. She didn't even have the child in a restraint,” police spokesperson Jim Knoll said.
An officer was able to block-in Brimmer's vehicle to prevent her from leaving.
Authorities said Brimmer had been out with the child's mother before an altercation occurred.
The mother did not want to be identified but told Nashville's News 2 Brimmer hit, scratched, pulled her hair and punched her before she tried to take her son.
“I didn't even know she had my son with her until the police said, 'Hey take this little boy.' I don't think police even knew who he was,” she said.
According to the arrest report, officers said Brimmer was physically impaired and her car smelled as if she had been drinking alcohol.
“In this case, you've got a child in her lap, and then when she got out on the roadway, depending on what level of impairment was, who knows what would have happened,” Knoll said.
Brimmer was charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and violation of the implied consent law.
She was one of 14 people arrested over the weekend in the city of Clarksville.