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Good Samaritan catches mom driving drunk with kids in car

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Tammy Weeks, 44, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving drunk with her two young kids in the car. Tammy Weeks, 44, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving drunk with her two young kids in the car.
Rob Bennett is credited for alerting to police that Tammy Weeks was driving erratically. Rob Bennett is credited for alerting to police that Tammy Weeks was driving erratically.
Police responded and gave Weeks a field sobriety test. (Courtesy: Rob Bennett) Police responded and gave Weeks a field sobriety test. (Courtesy: Rob Bennett)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A Good Samaritan is credited for leading Murfreesboro police to a mother who was allegedly driving drunk with her two young children in the car, Wednesday.

Rob Bennett told police he began following the woman, later identified as Tammy Weeks, because she hit a curb and was swerving all over the road.

"I said we got to get this lady stopped that is the only thing we could do," Bennett said.

Additionally, Bennett told News 2 Weeks narrowly missed hitting mailboxes and other cars.

Bennett followed Weeks from a safe distance and had his daughter call 911.

Eventually Weeks pulled into a liquor store's parking lot. There, Bennett blocked her car with his car so she couldn't leave until police arrived.

"I said, ‘Are you ok or are you drunk?'" he said. "I said, ‘You are going to stay right there. The police are on the way so chill.'"

Responding officers found Weeks, 44, sitting on the sidewalk next to her car.  She smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech, according to the arrest report.

Weeks told officers she drove to the business and planned to drive to the Your Burger nearby for dinner had she not been blocked in.

Weeks was arrested after performing poorly on field sobriety tests.  Her two children, ages 3 and 5, were in her car.

"She couldn't stand up," Bennett said. "She was falling all over the place."

He continued, "I don't understand how people can do that."

Weeks was charged with DUI and reckless endangerment and booked into the Rutherford County jail on $4,000 bond.

A man who answered the door at Weeks' home Thursday afternoon told News 2 she has no comment.

Bennett said he would it all again because he is sure Weeks would have crashed her car, killing herself, her children or others on the road, if she had not been stopped.

"They told me I wasn't too smart for blocking her off like that, but there was no way she was getting back on the road," he said. "If she had hit my car I have insurance."

Weeks is due in Rutherford County General Sessions Court February 25, 2014 at 8 a.m.

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