Mother Arrested After Driving Into Pond With 3 Kids In Car

Shernette Fowler

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Nashville, TN woman drove her car into a pond with her three young children inside early Thanksgiving morning.

According to Metro police the mother, 31-year-old Shernette Fowler, had been drinking and driving.

In Fowler’s arrest warrant, police wrote that one of her children called 911, telling police the family was “stuck in a field.”

Police used pings from the cell phone to find the family. When they arrived, Fowler’s car was partially submerged in a pond on private property.

The children, ages 8, 5 and 2, were “wet, cold and crying” according to the warrant.

Fowler reportedly told police she drove into the pond because she was being chased.

James Bunch, who owns the farm where Fowler crashed, told News 2, “I’m just glad to hear that the children are okay, and I imagine somebody has them now. I was thinking about them a lot and so glad they didn’t hit the other pond [on the farm], because the other pond would have been a lot deeper.”

One of the children told police that Fowler had been falling asleep at the wheel and the child had tried to keep her awake.

The arresting officer wrote that he could smell alcohol when he approached Fowler and that she later failed a field sobriety test.

She was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse, driving under the influence, criminal trespassing, driving on a suspended license and violation of the implied consent law for refusing a blood alcohol test.

Fowler’s bond was set at $40,000 and she is due in court on Monday, Nov. 30.

It was not immediately known who had custody of the children following Fowler’s arrest.

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