Drunk 13 year-old drives even more drunk grandma who gets arrested

A New Mexico grandmother was arrested after the vehicle she was riding in was pulled over and it was discovered her allegedly drunken 13-year-old grandson was driving the car.

During a traffic stop, New Mexico deputies found the intoxicated minor behind the wheel.

Sanjuana Mercado-Mendez, 52, was ‘highly intoxicated’ in the blue 1994 Oldsmobile’s back seat.

Santa Fe Deputy Clay Cullison pulled the pair over on Thursday after he spotted the car weaving.

The 13-year-old was believed to be drunk and was unlicensed.

Upon her arrest Mercado-Mendez stumbled into the patrol car, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Officers say the also found two open Coors light cans in the vehicle.


The blue 1994 Oldsmobile did not stop at first, according to an arrest statement filed in Magistrate Court by Deputy Michael Matison.

When the vehicle eventually came to a stop along Riverside Loop, Cullison found the driver was only 13 years old, unlicensed and under the influence.

Deputies say his grandmother, Sanjuana Mercado-Mendez, 52, was riding in the back seat.

She did not answer any questions from deputies, according to the statement.

But Matison wrote that she seemed highly intoxicated, stumbling to his patrol vehicle with breath smelling of alcohol, her speech slurred.

The deputy also reported finding at least two open Coors beer cans inside the car.

It is not clear where the two had been headed, though court records indicate they stopped close to Mercado-Mendez’s home.

Deputies booked her into the county jail about 3 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

According to jail records, Mercado-Mendez was last arrested in February 2015 on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was also arrested in 2014 on suspicion of larceny and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies also took into custody her 13-year-old grandson. According to the sheriff’s office, he refused a blood test. Though legally too young to drive, he still faces charges of 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.


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