Girl, 8, Dragged 300 Feet by Car While Trying to Stop Mother's Drunk Driving: Police

A California woman was arrested after allegedly dragging her 8-year-old daughter and a bystander with her vehicle after the child tried to stop her from driving while intoxicated late Thursday night, police said.

The woman, identified as 44-year-old Erin Garcia, decided to leave her mother's home in Placentia, California, just before midnight on Thursday while allegedly intoxicated, the Placentia Police Department said in a press release.

Garcia's daughter was concerned about her driving while drunk, so the child followed her to the vehicle, grabbed the passenger's handle and told her mother to stop, according to police.

Garcia then looked at her daughter and then proceeded to drive away, dragging the youngster alongside the vehicle for about 300 feet.

A man who observed what was happening attempted to intervene, police said. He and Garcia's mother tried to get Garcia out of the vehicle, but she drove away, dragging the bystander for a "short distance" before finally driving away from the scene.

Officers responded to the home and found Garcia hiding behind some bushes in the backyard. While they arrested her, she allegedly kicked at them.

The child and bystander were both taken to local hospitals with "moderate injuries." Garcia's daughter suffered abrasions to her legs and feet, police said.

Garcia was taken to Orange County Jail on charges including assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and battery against a peace officer, according to police.

Placentia is a city of about 51,000 people located in Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

About 28 people in America die each day in drunk driving-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Alcohol is known to reduce brain function—including thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. It can have several impacts on driving such as a decline in vision, a reduced ability to track objects, difficulty steering a vehicle, and a delayed reaction to emergencies.

"Driving after drinking is deadly. Yet it still continues to happen across the United States. If you drive while impaired, you could get arrested, or worse—be involved in a traffic crash that causes serious injury or death," the NHTSA warns.

There were no updates as of Saturday afternoon, Lt. Christopher Anderson, a police spokesperson, told Newsweek.

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A woman was arrested in California after allegedly dragging her 8-year-old daughter 300 feet with her vehicle while intoxicated. Here, cars are seen in Orange County in April 2020. Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images