(KXAN) – Texas police say two parents got drunk at a bar, but instead of driving under the influence they used a designated driver: their 13-year-old daughter.
An arrest affidavit says the mother and father were drinking with their two children Saturday night at Club Vongos located on Middle Fiskville Road near the Austin Community College Highland campus. The affidavit says they left at about 11 PM. Police say they soon received a call that a silver Chevrolet pickup truck was running stoplights and driving erratically.
Police say they pulled the truck over on Interstate 35 northbound after seeing it weaving on the freeway, nearly hitting other vehicles and driving about 30 mph below the designated 70 mph speed limit. The truck also may have struck a guardrail, the affidavit says.
Police say they approached the vehicle and found a 13-year-old girl in the driver’s seat with the two parents, along with their seven-year-old son, as passengers.
Police say the juvenile driver allegedly told them “she observed her father and mother were too intoxicated to drive as they were leaving the bar, and she suggested she should drive home because she felt it would be safer for her to drive.”
Police say they could smell a strong odor of alcohol on both parents’ breath, and they found an open, cold and partially consumed Modelo beer beneath the driver’s seat during a search of the car.
The juvenile driver allegedly has no experience driving on an interstate. The police affidavit says the mother told police the parents were “trying to do the right thing” and the drive was a “little adventure” for the girl.
Police say the father told them he was too intoxicated to drive home, and it was “smart” for him and his wife not to drive under the influence.
Arrest warrants show the mother and father have each been charged with two counts of child endangerment, a Texas state-jail felony.