Elderly woman hits cones and steamroller after drinking and driving with her child inside

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64-year-old Nellie Nelson was charged with driving under the influence with a child when she drove intoxicated through a construction zone, hit several cones, and swerved into a parked steamroller with her 8-year-old child in the car.

On July 17th, around midnight the defendant, Nellie Nelson, was driving on Fesslers Lane through a construction zone when she was swerving and hitting several cones. She then swerved sharply to the right and ran into a parked steamroller that was illuminated with flashing lights.

Nellie Nelson (MNPD)
Nellie Nelson (MNPD)

A retired sheriff’s deputy was working traffic for the construction zone and saw the accident. Nelson had her 8-year-old child in the car for her and called to have family come pick up the child while she stayed on the scene of the accident. When the officer made contact with Nelson she was sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with vomit outside the vehicle.

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The officer reported her smelling strongly of alcohol and when she was asked how much she had to drink, her response was “two beers.” She was asked to perform a field sobriety test which she shows indicators of her being intoxicated as well as having red and watery eyes. Reportedly she also had mood swings that further indicated that she was intoxicated. A computer check showed that she had a previous DUI in 2007.

Nellie Nelson was arrested and charged with DUI with a Child. She was later freed on pre-trial release.


Nelson, Nellie21385732 TRIMBLE ST
Nashville, TN 37210
DUI w/a Child


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