Report: Mom Whose Sons Drowned was Asleep at Wheel

By: Jon Gambrell AP Email
By: Jon Gambrell AP Email

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Court documents show that the mother of
three young children who drowned after she drove into a central Arkansas lake told police she fell asleep behind the wheel and awoke only after feeling water surge into her car.

A police report filed in the case against 26-year-old Amber Turley says an officer smelled "a strong odor of intoxicants" coming from her at the crash scene.

The report says Turley told officers she pulled her sons out of the car but lost the grip of her 7-year-old to rescue the 2-year-old.

She said she lost sight of her sons, then ran for help at homes near Brewer Lake.

Turley faces three counts of felony endangerment of a child in the April 19 crash.

Her lawyer, Dale Lipsmeyer of Morrilton, declined to comment Wednesday.

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