To avoid getting a DUI, an uncle dangerously forced his 11-year-old nephew to drive him home at 2:45 p.m. this past Sunday.
According to ABC 7, 29-year-old Genoro Lopez had a warrant out for his arrest for being an unlicensed driver prior to this incident. Lopez was also arrested back in May in Ventura, California, for driving under the influence of alcohol. But Lopez’s worst offense of them all came on Sunday afternoon.
After drinking and taking methamphetamines while watching his 11-year-old nephew, Lopez asked the young boy to drive his car because he was worried that if he drove it himself, he would get a DUI. After a Port Hueneme patrol officer followed the car and noticed the driver making countless traffic violations, he pulled the pair over.
During the stop, the officer noticed an 11-year-old boy had been operating the vehicle while Lopez was slumped over in the passenger seat. The officer also noticed an open container of alcohol in the car when it was pulled over, and Lopez was visibly drunk.
When the 11-year-old was initially questioned as to why he was operating the vehicle, he covered for his uncle and said that he was teaching him how to drive. Later in the questioning, Lopez admitted that he forced his nephew to drive the vehicle because he was afraid that he would get a DUI if he drove.
California man high on Meth arrested after nephew, 11, worked as his designated driver
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When Genoro stepped out of the vehicle to be questioned, police noticed a gun between the passenger seat and door of the car. Lopez was immediately handcuffed, but it was later determined that the firearm was a fake.
The Daily Mail reports that Lopez used clothing to prop up his nephew so that he was able to see over the steering wheel.
“It’s just crazy that he put his nephew and the public in danger, just cause he didn’t want to go to jail,” Port Hueneme Sgt. Christopher Graham said.
Later, it was determined that Lopez had used methamphetamine before he got into the vehicle and was also high at the time of the arrest. The man ended up being booked on multiple charges, including having an open container of alcohol in the car, child endangerment, and possessing an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
The 29-year-old was taken to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on the charges and bond was set at $50,000.
What type of punishment do you think this man deserves?
[Featured Image by Port Hueneme Police Department]