Smyrna teens follow alleged drunk mom with child in car, call police

Jessica Scott (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother is behind bars after police say four teenagers spotted her allegedly driving drunk with a child in her car on Sunday.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office told News 2 Jessica Scott, 25, now faces charges of DUI, resisting arrest, assault on an officer and reckless endangerment.

It all unfolded around 11 p.m. Sunday at the Sonic on Almaville Road when the teenagers witnessed the mother in the drive-through line.

The teenagers told News 2 she appeared to be under the influence — and then they noticed a child in the backseat of the car.

“I was very scared for that baby,” said 16-year-old Zoie Gentry. “I knew he wasn’t in a seat belt. He had to pay for the Sonic food himself. He asked the carhop if his was the right bill.”

The girls say the situation escalated when Scott started to drive off.

“As soon as she pulled out, she pulled out in front of someone,” said 17-year-old Haven Moore. “I said, ‘There’s no way they’re going to make it down the road.’”

So Moore jumped into her car, and together, the teens followed the driver and called authorities.

However, before the officers could arrive, Scott allegedly crashed into a mailbox on One Mile Lane. Sarah Lister, 18, filmed the whole thing.

“We were on the phone with police and we knew they were going to come,” said Lister. “I was like, I want them to see what happened.”

Deputies got to the scene shortly after and said Scott was trying to leave.

According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy smelled alcohol from the car and ordered the mother to step out.

“She resisted arrest and tried to push off the vehicle numerous times,” officials said.

Once in the patrol car, Scott is further accused of kicking the bars over the side door windows and glass dividers.

The deputy reportedly opened the door and told her stop kicking when she is accused of grabbing his vest and holding on to it. The sheriff’s office said as he pulled away, she fell out of the patrol car.

The 25-year-old mom allegedly hit the deputy in the face and head several times, striking him in the mouth when he tried to get back in the car.

Scott remains in the Rutherford County jail on $39,750 bond. Her bond was tripled because she was on bond for a previous DUI.

The child’s grandmother came to pick the child up from the scene.

“Those kids did the right thing,” said Charlotte Backus. Scott swerved into her front yard. “Who knows how it would have ended had they not followed her.”

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