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Previous Charge Deters Mom from Driving Drunk: She Let Her 5 Year Old Do It Instead

By Andi Bryant     Sep 2, 2007 in Crime
Just a little advice: When you've recently had your hand slapped for a criminal offense and you don’t want it to happen again, ask someone to help you out, just not your five year old.
A Lafayette, Indiana mother faces charges of felony neglect and public intoxication after allegedly asking her five year old son to drive her around their subdivision in her Mitsubishi Galant.
24 year old Holly Schnobrich is being held on $10,000 surety bond in the Tippecanoe County Jail while five year old Weston and his three year old brother, also in the vehicle, are currently in the custody of the Department of Child Services. Recently, the mother plead guilty to an unrelated charge of operating while intoxicated.
Neighbors who witnessed the vehicle motoring through the subdivision, realized the five year old was driving and phoned police. One neighbor took the car keys until law enforcement arrived.
Schnobrich admitted to law enforcement that she had taken pain killers and vodka while also having in her possession a near empty bottle of sleeping pills.
According to Channel 6 news, neighbor Wendy Barrett stated that when the car pulled up, she approached it to see Weston in the driver's seat. Holly, properly restrained with her seat belt was in the passenger seat. Another son, aged three, was unrestrained in the backseat. Barrett asked Schnobrich if she was alright. She also asked if the star driver was her toddler. The tipsy mother responded, "Yes, but he's a good driver".
At a later interview, Weston told the news team that his legs were too short to reach the vehicle's pedals, but that didn’t deter him. "I want to be a race car driver when I grow up," he said.
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