August 23rd, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Police: 12-year-old drives minivan


An Iowa woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly having a 12-year-old girl drive her and her three young children on a road trip, police said.

Melissa Garcia, of West Liberty, Iowa, was charged with operating a vehicle without owner’s consent and child endangerment, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office told CNN.

According to the Iowa City police department, officers were called to a report of a fight in progress in a parking lot Saturday night. During the course of the investigation, the officers learned that Garcia allegedly allowed a 12-year-old child to drive her and her children, ages 3, 2, and 1, from Nichols, Iowa to Iowa City, in a minivan, police said. The distance between the two locations is about 21 miles.

In addition, police said the 3 toddlers were unrestrained in the vehicle and apparently were not in car seats.

Garcia is currently being held at the Johnson County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. waitasecond

    Let's not jump into conclusions too fast, and don't star insulting by the last name.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  2. Megan

    It's sad when you have to have a license to fish, hunt, ect, but anyone can be a parent. 🙁

    August 23, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  3. Bob

    My goodness! They were unrestrained in the vehicle AND were not in car seats! That must be twice as bad!!!

    August 23, 2010 at 10:30 am |