Laurel County couple arrested at elementary school

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A deputy was conducting a routine patrol at Bush Elementary this morning when he was alerted to a possible out of control driver who happened to have a small child with them.

"Just so happened that a deputy was doing an unannounced walk through," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

School officials say a parent was seen driving under the influence so the deputy was in the right place at the right time to make an arrest.

"Sure enough they made a big wide swing, very erratically, the driver was under the influence of drugs," said Acciardo.

Police say 34 year old Terry Browning shouldn't been even been driving as he had a suspended license for DUI.

The 5-year-old's mother, 27 year old Whitney T. Nantz was also arrested.

"Had a white powdery substance around her nose and said she had been taking drugs," Acciardo said.

Browning allegedly told police he had smoked marijuana and shot up suboxin the night before. Nantz said she had taken Loratab. Syringes of Suboxin were found in the truck.

"Both of them under the influence, driving a motor vehicle, it's the recipe for a tragedy," Acciardo said.

And had a crash happened police say the 5-year-old was even more in harm's way.

"Was not restrained at all. That's where the wanton endangerment charge comes in. That child was in danger," said Acciardo. He says the child was not in a seat belt or a booster seat.

The child did attend school but social services was notified.


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