Child drives and crashes, babysitters arrested

KINGSPORT, TN (WVLT) -- Police arrested a Kingsport couple Monday night, after a child they were babysitting drove a car and crashed it into a house.

Police say Katrina Taylor, 52, and Landon Hammonds, 49, let the 11-year-old drive.

Witnesses reported seeing a Mercury Mystique careen out of control then smash through a fence, over a swing set, and into the side of a house.

Neighbors say the couple then grabbed several beer cans out of the car and ran away. One witness followed the them to a nearby home and helped police find them.

The pair admitted to police that they had let the child drive, and Taylor told officers that Hammonds had been "drunk since he went to work this morning."

Hammonds said he was straddling the center console of the vehicle, operating the pedals and steering wheel, while the 11-year-old girl assisted from the driver's seat.

Hammonds said he drank a bottle of liquor after the accident.

Katrina Taylor was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, false reporting, aiding and abetting DUI, and reckless endangerment.

Landon Hammonds faces charges of DUI, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to comply with financial responsibility.

No one was hurt in the crash.

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