An Oxnard man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and other charges for making his 11-year-old nephew drive a car because he was too drunk in Port Hueneme, according to police.
A Port Hueneme patrol officer noticed a car driving northbound on Surfside Drive around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. The driver was attempting to make a right turn onto Hueneme Road and the officer noticed the driver appeared to be a child between 8 and 10 years old.
After watching the child make several traffic violations, the officer conducted a traffic stop. The child driver yielded partially off the roadway. During the stop, dispatch began receiving calls about a child driving a car with a male passenger slumped in the front seat.
The driver of the car was determined to be an 11-year-old boy and the passenger in the car was the boy’s uncle, who was intoxicated, authorities said.
Authorities identified the passenger as 29-year-old Genoro Lopez. He was in possession of an open container of alcohol and displayed signs of intoxication, authorities said.
The young boy was asked why he was driving and at first he told police his uncle was teaching him how to drive, but later said his uncle was too drunk