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A drunk 12-year-old girl leads New Mexico police on an hourlong chase, cops say

An hourlong police chase in Alamogordo, New Mexico, ended in the arrest of a 12-year-old girl accused of drunken driving, cops say. Three other children, ages 12 and 13, also were in the car.
An hourlong police chase in Alamogordo, New Mexico, ended in the arrest of a 12-year-old girl accused of drunken driving, cops say. Three other children, ages 12 and 13, also were in the car. Getty Images/iStockphoto

An hourlong chase near Alamogordo, New Mexico, ended when a suspected drunken driver lost control on a highway, the Alamogordo Daily News reports.

The vehicle slammed into a road sign, shattering the windshield, before narrowly missing two police cars, KRQE reported.

Then the driver, a 12-year-old girl, got out, KVIA reported.

Three of her friends, ages 12 and 13, in the vehicle also smelled of alcohol, and officers found bottles of hard iced tea and Smirnoff vodka inside, KRQE reported.

“For young folks to get ahold of A) alcohol, and then B) a vehicle, and then adding them both together, normally this situation is very … often it doesn’t work out as well as it did in this case,” said police Chief Brian Peele, according to the station.

The 12-year-old girl, of Tularosa, New Mexico, waited until her parents fell asleep May 4 to take the family car and pick up her friends, KVIA reported.

An Alamogordo police officer on a different call noticed the car leaving a closed business, the Alamogordo Daily News reported. When he tried to identify the driver, the car sped off.

Officers chased the car down Highway 70, then through a dirt lot onto Highway 54, where it spun out of control and hit a speed limit sign, KVIA reported.

Alamogordo police are continuing to investigate, Peete said, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

A sheriff's deputy on patrol in California saw this SUV dart in front of his car and crash into a row of mailboxes. The close call was caught on dash cam. Nobody was injured. Our Sacramento Bee colleagues posted this video from August 2018.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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