A California woman was arrested after she dragged her 8-year-old daughter and a bystander out of her vehicle after trying to stop her from driving while intoxicated late Thursday, police said.
The woman, identified as 44-year-old Erin Garcia, decided to leave her mother’s home in Placentia, California, before midnight Thursday, the Placentia Police Department said in a press release.
According to police, Garcia’s daughter was concerned about drunk driving, so the child followed her to the vehicle, grabbed the passenger’s handle and asked her mother to stop.
Garcia then looked at her daughter and then proceeded to drive, dragging the young man about 300 feet with the vehicle.
Police said a man seeing what was happening tried to intervene. She and Garcia’s mother tried to get Garcia out of the vehicle, but she sped away, pulling the onlooker for “a short distance” before finally moving away from the scene.
Officers answered the house and found Garcia hiding behind some bushes in the backyard. When they arrested him, he allegedly kicked them.
Both the child and the onlooker were taken to local hospitals with “minor injuries”. Police said Garcia’s daughter had bruises on her legs and feet.
According to police, Garcia was taken to Orange County Jail on charges including assault with a deadly weapon, endangering children and battery against a peace officer.
According to data from the US Census Bureau, Placentia is a city of approximately 51,000 people located in Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 28 people in the US die in accidents related to drunk driving each day.
Alcohol is known to impair brain function – including thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. It can have many effects on driving such as loss of vision, loss of ability to track objects, difficulty in driving and delayed response to emergencies.
“Driving after drinking alcohol is fatal. Yet it continues across the United States. If you drive while impaired, you can be arrested, or worse – be involved in a traffic accident which causes serious injury or death,” the NHTSA warned.
There was no update as of Saturday afternoon, a police spokesman told Lt. Christopher Anderson. Newsweek.