Monday, April 20, 2009

Chanton Jenkins Alleged Drinking And Driving Serves As A Reminder How Bad Judgment Can Ruin Lives?


As Texas talks of secession from the union heat up, a Texas man may illustrate two problems not limited to Texas: drunk driving and cell phone usage. Unfortunately, Chanton Jenkins, 32, has not only embarrassed himself, he apparently also has destroyed his family. Perhaps Jenkins will serve as an example of our nation's drinking and driving epidemic and the tragic results that may follow. The Houston man has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter in the Saturday drownings of four children riding in his Lincoln Town Car. The apparently intoxicated Jenkins, drove his vehicle off the road into the Green Bayou.


Four children drowned. A fifth child who was also in the car is missing. It is believed that this three year old also drowned. It was not intentional. There was a heavy rain storm taking place.
The Lincoln Town Car was driven by Jenkins with six children and his brother as passengers. Jenkin's brother and one child survived. Three of the children who apparently drowned were Jenkins' children. The other two that drowned were friends of the family. The child who survived is also Jenkin's child. The deceased are believed to be a girl, 1, boys age 4, 5, and 7.


Jenkins apparently failed a field-sobriety test at the scene. A blood test apparently confirmed intoxication. To further complicate the alcohol use, the crash apparently occurred right after Jenkins concluded a cell phone call. Relatives watch attempted rescue


The car was submerged in over 9 feet of water. The young children stood little chance in the cold swift water. Based on the police reports, I doubt even a famous DWI lawyer like Adam Reposa can keep Jenkins out of jail. But keep in mind, Jenkins is to be considered innocent of all charges until he is otherwise proven in a court of law. While Jenkins may not deserve any sympathy for his mistake, innocent children who lost their lives certainly do.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those poor babies!

Anonymous said...

Shame on him for putting all those people in jeopardy!

Anonymous said...

You don't know. The accident may have still occurred even if he had not had a drop to drink. Quit hating til you know all the facts.

Mr. Noface said...

@ Anon

Let's say that the accident may have occured even if he wasn't drunk. I don't believe that's likely, but it is a possiblity. The fact that he was drunk and driving, however, could not have helped matters AT ALL. So, calling the man out for putting his children and the children of others in danger in such a way is not hating, its Truth! This is why there are laws on the books concerning DUI/DWI, to prevent these type of situations.

I have a few of questions concerining this tragic case though. How old was the man's brother? Was he legally able to drive? Had he been drinking too? If he wasn't drinking and was able to drive legally, why wasn't he driving the car?

Ms Calabaza said...

What a tragic story. I wonder if he tried to save any of these children or was he too intoxicated ... Interesting that he made it out of the car and the children didn't.

Anonymous said...

One child made it out..

Anonymous said...

the brotha also is old enough to drive. Not sure if he be partying too or not.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

SAY IF HE WAS DRUNK LIKE EVERY BODY SAY HOW WAS HE ABLE TO SWIM IN THAT BAYOU THAT HAD TO BE HARD AS HELL PEOPLE GOING TO ALWAY SEE IT THEY WAY NO MATTER IF IT WAS WRONG ARE RIGHT BUT WHAT PEOPLE DONT SEE IS EVERY DAY HE LIVE THAT DAY THAT HAPPEN TO THOSE KID'S HE GOT TO LIVE WITH THAT PAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE LIKE WHEN HE GO TO SLEEP HE SEE THOSE KID'S WHEN HE GET UP HE SEE THOSE KID'S IF HIS BROTHER DROVE THE CAR NOT WHO SAY HE COULD HAVE STOP IT FROM HAPPEN WE CAN'T NOT RUN AWAY FROM DEATH

Anonymous said...

Sucks to be involved in fatality