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“That’s certainly a recipe for disaster,” Drunk woman allegedly allows child to drive

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A child wrecked a truck over the weekend while driving a drunk woman around, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon at N.E. 38th and Lennox.

Police say the vehicle plowed through a fence and hit a gas meter, bringing the truck to a stop.

Witnesses were surprised to see a 12-year-old boy get out of the driver's seat.

Police say the child was driving for 44-year-old Latricia Arnold, who appeared to be intoxicated.

"Anytime you have a 12-year-old behind the wheel of a car, and a drunk adult over in there with them, that's certainly a recipe for disaster," MSgt. Gary Knight said.

According to a police report, Arnold told officers she was too drunk to drive.

The boy allegedly told police “I just wanted to learn how to drive, so she said she would take me out driving.” Police reports show the boy also reportedly told police “I had it good, until I came around the corner.”

"It wasn't a family member, but it was a friend of the family that had him driving the car," Sgt. Knight said.

Officers say when asked to do a field sobriety test Arnold said “I am drunk, that’s it.”

Both Arnold and the boy were arrested.

"There's no indication he was forced to drive the car, but he was charged with traffic charges. But he's a juvenile, so obviously it's misdemeanor traffic charges," Sgt. Knight said.

“I don’t think it’s the child’s fault. I mean, the child, according to the police, the child wanted to learn how to drive. He’s a child. It was up to her to say no,” a witness told NewsChannel 4 over the phone.

Arnold is out of jail on bond.

We went by her home Monday, but no one came to the door. However, we did find the wrecked truck in the driveway.

Arnold is facing a DUI and Child Endangerment charge.

Since the driver is only 12, his name is not being released.

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