Chattanooga woman arrested for DUI after texting and driving with unrestrained kids in Rossville

According to a Rossville Police Department incident report, On August 24th, 2023, at 8:24 PM, Officer Thomason was sitting at Hooker Road and West Gordon Avenue when he observed a 2010 Dodge Caliber pass southbound. Officer Thomason observed the driver, later identified as Shantea Monique Hewlett-Young, 29, of Chattanooga, looking at her phone in her hand with a small unrestrained child standing up in the back seat. Officer Thomason also observed the vehicle swerve and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Thomason reported, “[I] made contact with Young and immediately detected a faint odor of marijuana coming from the car. Young also had red eyes that were also watery. Also, Young had three juveniles (8, 7, 5) in the vehicle, all unbuckled and not in car seats. Young immediately stated that she did not have a license and that she did not have insurance on the car. [I] ran Young through NCIC and confirmed that she was revoked through Tennessee and had an active warrant through Rossville warrant for failure to appear for no insurance. [I] asked Young out of the car and asked her if she smoked marijuana, and she stated she did prior to driving.” During field sobriety tests, Young showed several signs of marijuana impairment. Young was determined to be under the influence of drugs and placed under arrest. Young agreed to a blood test and was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with DUI, DUI child endangerment x3, driving while license revoked, child seat belt violation x3, hands-free violation, driving with no insurance, and failure to appear.

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