OR driver arrested for towing kids in little red wagon

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

A MOTHER has been arrested after being pictured towing her children in a toy wagon behind her auto on a busy road while waving at other vehicles to overtake her.

Springfield police said 27-year-old Alana Donahue was arrested Wednesday night after at least four motorists reported seeing the vehicle pulling the plastic wagon.

Two children were towed in a red wagon around an OR street on Wednesday night.

Lt. Scott McKee tells The Register-Guard (https://is.gd/QuFuBy) that the woman told officers she just wanted to show the kids a good time, and didn't understand the problem.

The mother of the eight-year-old called police when she recognised her son in images shared on local social media.

Donohue from Springfield, reportedly attached the small plastic wagon to the rear of her vehicle with a tie-down rope to "show the children a good time".

At one point, McKee said, a witness reported the wagon had come up on its back two wheels and the 3-year-old was crying.

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Witnesses said Donohue got up to 30 miles per hour, but she told police she was only going 5 miles per hour. The witness told police it was then that Donahue put the youngest child in the auto, and allowed the older two children to stay in the wagon.

She eventually stopped and put the wagon inside the Taurus and allegedly told one driver to "be an adult about it", the logs state.

Officers contacted the Department of Human Services who placed the children with another person.

Police had not been aware of the third child at the time the incident was investigated.

McKee said drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as factors in the incident.

Donohue is facing three charges of reckless endangering, though the children were not hurt.

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