SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) — A Santa Clarita woman is facing a felony child endangerment and is accused of DUI after allegedly driving drunk with two young children in the vehicle.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley Station said a witness saw the woman in an SUV and she appeared to be falling asleep at a stoplight around 6:30 p..m. on Tuesday.READ MORE: Villanueva 'Disappointed' After DA Reportedly Declines To Prosecute Alleged Hate Incident
The witness flagged down a deputy, who said they also spotted the SUV at a traffic light near Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road.
Deputies said there was an infant on the woman’s lap and a 5-year-old girl in the backseat without a seat belt, and that the woman appeared to have been falling asleep again.READ MORE: Volunteers Looking To Help As Shelter For Unaccompanied Migrant Children Set To Open In Long Beach
Preliminary breath alcohol tests showed that the woman, identified as 30-year-old Melissa Mendoza, was at three times the legal driving limit, according to the LASD.
Mendoza was arrested for felony child endangerment likely to cause great bodily injury and misdemeanor driving under the influence. She is being held on $200,000 bail.MORE NEWS: Healthcare Workers Gather For Solidarity Vigil Against AAPI Hate
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