Alana Donahue was ready for a good time when she hopped in her Ford Taurus to take a ride down an Oregon street.
The 27-year-old mother wasn’t alone during her drive in a roundabout — she had her 2-year-old and 4-year-old children with her — but they weren’t inside the car. Instead, they were strapped to it, according to The Register-Guard.Screenshot/KVAL
The mother decided to kick her kids’ ride in their plastic wagon up a notch, tying the toy to the back of her car and pulling them in circles through a busy roundabout.
As KVAL in Eugene, Oregon, reports, Donahue seemed unfazed when police arrived, acting as if she had done nothing wrong by towing her kids in their wagon through traffic.
In fact, according to Springfield Police Department Lt. Scott McKee, the mother told police she:
“Didn’t understand what the problem was because she was only driving 5 mph and she just wanted to show the kids a good time.”
But the officer who arrived on the scene was shocked. McKee explained:
“Our officer was, I think, a little flabbergasted.”
Other drivers also thought it was a problem — the woman caused a traffic jam and waved cars to drive around her vehicle with the children’s red wagon swaying behind her. It put not only her children’s but other lives in danger.Screenshot/KVAL
Springfield resident Kathy Dahl said:
“I just don’t understand how anyone can be that stupid. […] It’s just, really … I mean … absolutely ridiculous.”
McKee said a person claimed the car went up to 30 mph while the children were attached to it:
“One witness told us that the wagon went up on two wheels. […] And that’s when the littlest one started to cry.”
When the mother did stop driving, she let her frustrations out on one of the drivers who was questioning her actions. As she unhooked the wagon, she told the person to “be an adult about it.”
The mother was arrested for her dangerous stunt and was charged with three counts of reckless endangering.
The children were not injured during their high-speed wagon ride and were released to a family member after the state’s Department of Human Services was contacted.
Donahue was reportedly not intoxicated at the time of her family joy ride.