Woman charged with DUI, reckless driving after allegedly causing five-vehicle accident with grandson in vehicle

Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 23:42:14-04

Newport News, Va. - A woman is now facing several charges after police say she caused a five-vehicle accident in Newport News on Wednesday morning. Police say the woman's 3-year-old grandson was in the vehicle during the time of the accident and was not properly restrained in a child safety seat.

They say the accident happened just a little after 10 a.m. They Linda Arlene Tann, 44, was driving a red 2005 Lincoln. She was going northbound on Jefferson Avenue near Langley Avenue when she hit the back of a silver Buick that was going in the same direction.

They say the collision caused both vehicles to cross the median and they collided with three other vehicles that were going southbound on Jefferson.

One of the vehicles involved was a Newport News engineering employee vehicle.

The woman who was driving the Buick, a 52-year-old Newport News woman, and a 53-year-old Newport News city employee were both taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Tann's grandson has been released into the custody of family.

Tann was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI refusal, felony child neglect, reckless driving, consuming alcohol while driving and child unrestrained.

NewsChannel 3 spoke to Tann's mother who says she did not know much about what happened this morning. She says Tann just got off work and claims that she was not drinking at all. She says she is upset and hurt that her daughter would do this.

She is thankful that both her great grandson and her daughter are alive and she hopes her daughter learns a lesson. She issued an apology to those who were hurt in the accident.