Man crashes into 'drunk' friend's car after she called him for help

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·1-min read

A man has been charged with drink-driving after crashing into his friend who has also been charged with the same offence.

Natasha Nancel, a 24-year-old from Nashville in the US state of Tennessee, crashed her car into a ditch on Thursday about 12.04am (local time), according to an affidavit obtained by Scoop Nasvhille.

Prosecutor Dillon Hunt wrote alcohol was smelt on her breath, and Nancel had stated she drank a glass of wine and an espresso martini at a bar before the crash.

Mr Hunt claims she had “slurred speech” and had trouble standing.

Natasha Mancel, 24, and Melvil Arnt, 24, are pictured.
Natasha Mancel, 24, and Melvil Arnt, 30, were both charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after they were breath tested at the crash scene. Source: Nashville Police Department

Nancel was not alone either. Prosecutor Kiana Perry wrote in an affidavit Nancel’s friend Melvil Arnt, 30, was also found at the scene.

Ms Perry wrote Arnt “told officers he was there to assist his friend with getting her vehicle out of a ditch”. She had called Arnt for help.

The prosecutor added Arnt told police he also hit Nancel’s car while trying to help.

Arnt allegedly told officers he had two beers beforehand and had “slurred speech”, was stumbling and had bloodshot eyes.

Both Arnt and Nancel blew double the legal limit and were charged with driving under the influence.

They will both face court in May.

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