A woman accused of driving into a Galveston County bayou with an infant in the back seat has been arrested.
They were saved by fisherman, after their car went into the water. Now the mother, Latonya Kirven, has now been charged in the case.
Authorities say it all started just after 5 pm Monday in the 500 block of 42nd Street after Kirven’s silver Pontiac struck a vehicle parked outside a home. Police say a man inside the house came out and started arguing with Kirven.
That’s when Kirven allegedly ran him over and fled the scene.
Minutes later, police received reports that a silver Pontiac had just driven into Offatts Bayou. Nearby fishermen spotted an infant floating in the water and immediately jumped in to rescue the child.
Good Samaritans also tried to rescue Kirven but authorities say she fought them.
“She became combative and refused assistance to exit the bayou. After officers arrived on scene, several Galveston patrol officers entered the water to pull her to the shore. She was now unclothed, experiencing severe signs of intoxication,” Galveston Police Department Chief Henry Poretto said.
Police say Kirven appeared to be intoxicated and she was transported to UTMB for minor injured and to provide a blood sample. The child was uninjured but taken to the hospital for observation.
The man who was struck by the Pontiac is still at UTMB, where he is listed in critical condition.