November 7, 2013

Man arrested for driving student to school while intoxicated

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — LONDON — Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Scott arrested two individuals in the parking lot at Bush Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 4 while he was there conducting a routine walk-through of the school. Deputy Scott received a complaint from the school office that a child was being brought to school in a vehicle and the driver was allegedly under the influence.

 At 10:03 a.m., Scott observed the vehicle, a black Ford pickup, driving erratically into the school parking lot. He conducted a traffic stop and determined the driver was under the influence.

Terry B. Browning, 34, of Hawk Creek Road, London was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence-drugs, aggravating circumstances, second offense; driving on a DUI suspended license, second offense; and failure to maintain insurance first offense.

Browning stated he had smoked marijuana and shot suboxin the night before.

 Also arrested was a female passenger —Whitney T. Nantz, 27, of East Laurel Road, London —who was determined to be under the influence. She was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance; first-degree wanton endangerment; possession of drug paraphernalia; and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense.

Nantz had her 5-year-old son in the vehicle, not restrained and not in a booster seat. She had a white powder substance around her nose, and stated she had snorted 1/2 tablet of Loritab7.5. Deputy Scott located two loaded syringes in the vehicle that Nantz stated contained suboxin.

 Both subjects were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Social Services was notified and the child did attend school on Monday.

All  Laurel County deputies conduct routine, unannounced walk-through visits in all Laurel County Schools during the school year.

"These arrests are a direct result in our department's proactive measures aimed at reducing and deterring criminal activities in all our Laurel County Schools," said Sheriff John Root.