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California mom accused of DRAGGING daughter behind car after girl tried to stop from drunk driving


California mother is accused of DRAGGING daughter, 8, behind car after the little girl tried to stop her from drunk driving and kicking cops when they turned up to arrest her

  • Erin Garcia, 44, allegedly got into her car drunk around 11.30pm Thursday and her concerned daughter followed her
  • ‘The child grabbed the passenger’s door handle and told Garcia to stop,’ the statement from the Placentia Police Department read
  • The girl was dragged alongside the car for about 300 feet before stopping thanks to an onlooker who decided to intervene
  • Garcia then dragged the bystander who tried to intervene before driving away from the scene, it is claimed 
  • She was eventually taken to Orange County Jail on three charges – assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and battery against a police officer


A California mom dragged her eight year-old daughter behind her SUV after the little girl tried to stop her driving drunk, police say.   

Erin Garcia, 44, got into her car drunk around 11.30pm and her daughter followed, concerned that her mother was too inebriated to drive, it is alleged. 

‘The child grabbed the passenger’s door handle and told Garcia to stop,’ the statement from the Placentia Police Department read. 

‘Garcia looked at the child and proceeded to drive away,’ it added, noting that she dragged her daughter alongside the car for about 300 feet, before stopping thanks to an onlooker who decided to intervene.

Erin Garcia, 44, was arrested Thursday night for a DUI after dragging her eight-year-old daughter and an adult bystander who tried to stop her from drunk-driving – then she kicked the cops putting her in handcuffs

The drunk woman then dragged the bystander, too, before driving away from the scene, according to a police press release.   

Officers responded to a call from Garcia’s mother’s house about the assault on Orchid Drive in Laguna Niguel shortly after.

When they arrived at 11.37pm they found the young girl with ‘abrasions to her legs and feet,’ the statement said. 

The two victims were taken to a nearby hospital and the girl ‘was accompanied by her grandmother,’ the statement noted. 

Video footage showed Garcia, wearing a floral skirt and cut up t-shirt, being arrested. She was taken over to the grass where the cops lay her down and put her in handcuffs

Video footage showed Garcia, wearing a floral skirt and cut up t-shirt, being arrested. She was taken over to the grass where the cops lay her down and put her in handcuffs

She appeared worse for wear, with her head hanging, and was also filmed stumbling as she was led towards a police SUV

She appeared worse for wear, with her head hanging, and was also filmed stumbling as she was led towards a police SUV

Garcia was eventually taken to Orange County Jail

She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and battery against a police officer

Garcia was eventually taken to Orange County Jail on three charges – assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and battery against a police officer.

Meanwhile, Garcia was ‘hiding in some bushes in the backyard’ and as officers tried to take her into custody, she resisted and kicked the cops. 

In a video posted by ABC7 Garcia is seen being arrested. One officer can be heard saying: ‘Ma’am, I can’t feel my thumb.’

Garcia, wearing a floral skirt and cut up t-shirt, was then taken over to the grass where the cops lay her down and put her in handcuffs. 

She appeared worse for wear, with her head hanging, and was also filmed stumbling as she was led towards a police SUV. 

Garcia was eventually taken to Orange County Jail on three charges – assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and battery against a police officer. 

Officers responded to a call from Garcia's mother's house (pictured) about the assault on Orchid Drive in Laguna Niguel at 11.37pm Thursday

Officers responded to a call from Garcia’s mother’s house (pictured) about the assault on Orchid Drive in Laguna Niguel at 11.37pm Thursday

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