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Nev. Mom Too Drunk to Drive Lets 12-Year-Old Son Take the Wheel

(CBS/AP)
Nev. Mom Admits Letting 12-Year-Old Son Drive After She Drank
(CBS/AP)

MINDEN, Nev. (CBS/AP) When choosing a designated driver, it's always preferable to pick someone with a valid driver's license - and, oh yes, someone who can also see over the wheel.

That wisdom was apparently missed by a Nevada woman who admitted she let her 12-year-old son drive her car because she was drunk.

The Gardnerville Record-Courier reports 35-year-old Misty McCollister was arrested Oct. 17 near her home after a witness reported seeing a car weaving in and out of its lane and varying its speed.

The witness told sheriff's deputies he passed the vehicle and saw a child in the driver's seat.

Another woman and a 7-year-old child were also in the car.

McCollister told District Judge Dave Gamble that the other woman refused to drive because she didn't have her glasses, so McCollister put her son on her lap so he could drive them home.

The Nevada woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted child abuse or neglect.  Sentencing is Dec. 14.