Police officers stop a car only to see an 11-year-old boy driving, next to the boy is his uncle, who is drunk.
The boy says, “My uncle lets me drive the car because he’s afraid to drive and not get arrested for drunk driving.”
Uncle Genoro has pleaded not guilty to child harm and other charges, including one count of alleged possession of an open bottle of alcohol in a car.
What the police officer initially notes appears to be a child behind the wheel of the car as he attempts to turn onto Hueneme Road and then watches the driver commit multiple traffic offences, according to police.
Meanwhile, a police officer receives multiple calls about what appears to others to be a youth driving with a slumped passenger in the front seat.
When the police stopped the car, the boy initially said his uncle was teaching him to drive. Afterwards, the boy confesses that his uncle is way too drunk to drive, which is why he drives.
The passenger, Genoro, allegedly claims to have an arrest warrant for an unlicensed driver and was allegedly found to have used methamphetamine several hours earlier while caring for the child, police said.
Lopez was handcuffed after exiting the vehicle, and the officer spotted what appeared to be a firearm between the car door and the passenger seat, although the officer later determined it was a knockoff.
Authorities claim Genoro admitted he let his nephew drive because he did not want to be arrested for drunk driving.
He is being held in prison on $55,000 bail and is scheduled to stand trial again.
Authorities handed the boy over to his mother’s care.
https://news.detroitdailynews.com/2023/01/24/man-forces-his-11-year-old-nephew-to-operate-a-vehicle-because-he-is-inebriated-and-terrified-of-being-arrested/ A man forces his 11-year-old nephew to drive a vehicle because he is drunk and afraid of being arrested