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Drunk New Mexico grandmother arrested for letting her intoxicated 13 year old grandson drive during DWI

August 9, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drunk New Mexico grandmother arrested for letting her intoxicated 13 year old grandson drive during DWI

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New Mexico police charged a drunk 13-year-old boy with DWI and arrested his intoxicated grandmother for allowing him to drive the car.

The grandmother was taken into custody after police discovered that her 13-year-old grandson was driving the vehicle.

The Daily Mail reported that 52-year-old Sanjuana Mercado-Mendez was “highly intoxicated” in the backseat of the 1994 Oldsmobile.

Clay Cullison, a deputy for the Santa Fe police department, pulled the car over on Thursday after he saw the car weaving in and out of lanes.

The 13-year-old, who did not have a driver’s license, was believed to be intoxicated. As the grandmother was arrested, she stumbled as authorities placed her in the back of the patrol vehicle.

Officers also reported that they found two open Coors light beers in the car.

The woman was last arrested back in February of 2015 for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Additionally, she was apprehended in 2014 on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and larceny.

Mercado-Mendez has been charged with child abuse, suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Her grandson was taken into custody but declined to complete a blood test.

He faces aggravated DWI, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without a license, failing to maintain lanes and having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle charges.

It is currently unclear if either have an attorney.

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