Mom says she let 12-year-old drive after she drank

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by Associated Press

wwltv.com

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM

MINDEN, Nev. – A Nevada woman has admitted letting her 12-year-old son drive her car because she was drunk. The Gardnerville Record-Courier reported 35-year-old Misty McCollister awaits sentencing Dec. 14. She pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted child abuse or neglect.

McCollister was arrested Oct. 17 near her home after a witness reported seeing a car weaving in and out of its lane and varying its speed.

The witness told sheriff's deputies he passed the vehicle and saw a child in the driver's seat. Another woman and a 7-year-old child also were in the car.

McCollister told District Judge Dave Gamble that the other woman refused to drive because she didn't have her glasses, so she put her son on her lap so he could drive them home. She admitted to drinking all that weekend.

 

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