A couple from Hyannis, Massachusetts went to a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru with their children in the backseat. When they turned the corner, employees couldn’t believe what they saw occurring inside of their car.
Tiffany A. Tinkham and Lance A. Hillier shocked employees at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pulled up to the drive-thru window. Not only was Tinkham seen with a needle sticking out of her arm, but Hillier fell asleep at the window and only awoke once store employees began yelling at him.
Hillier purchased their items they had ordered and drove off the premises inside their gray 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. Using the plate number and the description of the vehicle provided by the concerned employees, Patrolman Nicole J. Bevilaqua approached the car on the highway. As Bevilaqua turned on her lights, the woman and man were seen frantically switching seats while the vehicle was still in motion.
Police have since arrested and charged them both with “operating under the influence of drugs, two counts of reckless endangerment of a child under 18, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle,” according to Cape News. Tinkham was additionally charged with possession of a Class B drug, Suboxone, and possession of marijuana. Hillier had additional charges himself, including speeding and operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license.
Bevilaqua reported that she had found two small children in the backseat of the vehicle. One of the children informed the officer, “Mommy has to use needles all the time. She tells us to close our eyes or look out the window when she uses them, but I never do….Daddy has to drive all the time because Mommy is sick.”
Police removed the children from the car and transported them to the police station where family members were called to pick them up. As for Tinkham and Hillier are scheduled for pre-trial hearings on August 5.
It’s a shame that these children have been subjected to this type of behavior from the two people who are supposed to protect them from harm. Thankfully, the employees at Dunkin’ Donuts acted quickly and undoubtedly saved these children from further harm at the hands of their parents.