Drinking and driving is a dangerous and stupid crime to commit. This is common knowledge, yet people still continue to do it. While it isn't necessarily a bad thing for a parent to drink, it can when you head out on the road while drunk. Despite the proof that drunk driving can be deadly, parents still continue to do it- even if their child is in the car with them!
In Phoenix, Arizona, a mom has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after crashing her car with her 18-month-old daughter with her. The mom in question has been identified as 24-year-old Alondra Cervantes, though her daughter remains unnamed. Her two other passengers- a 23-year-old man and a 15-year-old- have also not been identified in the media.
The incident took place on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at about 1:20 AM local time. According to reports, that's when Phoenix police received a phone call that a 2015 Nissan Altima had crashed somewhere near 35th Avenue and Indian School Road. The crash had caused the vehicle to catch on fire, forcing bystanders to intervene. They managed to get everyone out of the Altima safely.
Police believe that Cervantes was traveling westbound on Indian School Road when she attempted to merge onto 35th Avenue. That's when she lost control of her vehicle and, drove over the median's curve and crashed head-first into a large tree. Despite the violent impact, the 23-year-old and the 15-year-old were treated at the scene by Phoenix Fire and Medical before being transported to a nearby hospital. It appears as though they're going to be okay.
As for Cervantes and her baby girl, they both seemed fine. Police revealed that the mother had her daughter in her arms when they arrived at the crash. The baby was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital strictly as a precaution while the police examined Cervantes. According to court documents, that's when they noticed that she wasn’t able to stand on her own, smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech, couldn't answer the most basic of questions (i.e. her name), and bloodshot eyes.
Cervantes was promptly arrested and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated DUI and one count of aggravated DUI with a passenger under 15. It's currently unknown if what her bail is, if she's still in jail, or if she's retained a lawyer. Regardless, we hope that her three passengers will be able to recover from the terrifying crash.