33-year-old Sokhom Nhem was charged with driving under the influence, public intoxication, reckless driving, and 2 counts of child endangerment after police found his vehicle crashed into a tree with his two children inside.
On February 29th, Officers Torres and Allen responded to a vehicle accident on Macon Road involving a Toyota Tundra that ran off the road and hit a tree. Shelby County Deputy Lambert was already on scene and took driver Sokhom Nhem into custody for possible DUI. Sokhom had voluntarily told the deputy that he was drinking prior to the accident.
When Officer Torres arrived on scene and contact was made with Sokhom, the strong odor of alcohol was immediately noticed. The officer also noted Sokhom had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet, and required assistance while going to the patrol car. Sokhom’s two children, ages 10 and 4, were inside the vehicle. They were unharmed and given to a family member.
Sokhom was taken to the station for a blood draw and refused to perform any standardized field sobriety tests.
Sokhom Nhem was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, public intoxication, reckless driving, and 2 counts of child endangerment. His bond was set at $3,000.