ALAMOGORDO, N.M.- Police say they engaged in a vehicle pursuit with an intoxicated pre-teen in New Mexico this week.
According to reports, a 12-year-old girl was drunk when she decided to take 3 other children on a joy ride down the New Mexico highway.
Police said that officers were searching for a wanted person in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Wednesday when they spotted a car leaving a closed business area.
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The car sped down U.S. Highway 70, drawing the attention of a state police cruiser. The trooper joined in the chase after the packed vehicle, which drove through a dirt lot and nearly struck an Otero County deputy.
The chase ended when the driver lost control, leading the car to spin out of control and hit a speed limit sign. No one was injured during the encounter.
The driver was referred to juvenile services on charges of reckless driving and DWI.
The children inside told police that they had all been drinking before jumping in the car together. The car reportedly belonged to the girl’s family.
Alamogordo Police Chief Brian Peete said they are still investigating the incident.