A mum has been arrested this week after she was caught towing her children behind her car in a toy wagon.
Alana Nicole Donahue was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment after several witnesses called police to report her.
Officers were sent images of the 27-year-old’s 1999 Ford Taurus Station Wagon pulling a two-year-old girl, her four-year-old brother and their eight-year-old cousin along the road.
Witnesses reported the vehicle travelled up to an estimated 30 mph at one point during the incident in Oregon.
Donohue from Springfield, reportedly attached the small plastic wagon to the rear of her car with a tie-down rope to ‘show the children a good time’.
She then drove to a roundabout and drove five mph laps until citizens intervened.
Lieutenant Scott McKee confirmed that Donohue is the mother of the two younger children and the older boy is her nephew.
A witness reported the two-year-old began crying after the wagon went up on two wheels during the trip.
The same witness reported observing Donohue pull over and move the toddler from the wagon to the car and then continue driving with the other two children still in the wagon.
In a police document, Lieutenant McKee said: ‘Witnesses reported Donohue was indignant when confronted by motorists pleading with her to stop, telling them to “mind your own business”.
‘When confronted by police Donohue told an officer she didn’t know why everyone was making such a big deal, saying, “I was just trying to show them a good time”.’
Police have charged Donohue with two counts of reckless endangerment and a third count is pending.
Police had not been aware of the third child at the time the incident was investigated.
The mother of the eight-year-old called police when she recognised her son in images shared on local social media.
Police have ruled out drugs or alcohol as factors.