A Knoxville obstetrics nurse faces drunken-driving charges and unemployment after her child called 911 to report that he and his mother were in a car that was stuck on a set of railroad tracks.
Mary Beth Koeller, 45, was arrested at 3:15 a.m. Feb. 7 after attending a birthday party in Marion County. Koeller allegedly had left the party and was in her car, along with her 9-year-old son, when she made a turn onto what she thought was an alley.
In fact, she was driving on a set of railroad tracks in Knoxville where her car became stuck in the snow. Using a cell phone, Koeller's son summoned police. Koeller was then charged with drunken driving, child endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Thirteen days later, Koeller was out driving at about 11 p.m. when Marion County deputies attempted to pull her over. Police records indicate Koeller kept driving. She was eventually stopped and arrested on a felony charge of eluding police. She was also charged with drunken driving and driving with a revoked license.
State records indicate that on March 4 Koeller was placed on the state registry of child abusers. Her employer, Intelistaf Healthcare, fired Koeller a short time later, citing her inability to continue working as an obstetrics nurse while on the child-abuse registry.