Teen drives car into truck to prevent intoxicated mother from leaving with boyfriend

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By Jon Johnson


GRAHAM COUNTY – A 17-year-old girl reportedly ran her family’s car into a Chevy Tahoe truck to prevent her intoxicated mother from leaving with her boyfriend early Saturday morning. 

According to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy was dispatched at about 12:58 a.m. to a residence on W. Rowley Drive between Robinson Ranch Road and Reay Lane regarding the incident. 

Upon arrival, the deputy located a sedan with severe front end damage in the driveway. The mother was located walking westbound on Rowley Drive. 

According to the teen, her mother came home intoxicated from an evening of drinking at a bar and was going to leave with a man who lived in the Tidy Acres area of Pima. The teen said she then drove the car into the truck to prevent her mother from leaving her three minor children at home alone. She also advised the truck had no license plates or insurance. Other children in the household include a 13-year old and a 5-year old. 

The driver of the Chevy Tahoe was contacted and advised that he had come to get the mother and she was just getting into his truck when the sedan struck his vehicle. He said after the impact, he left the area. The driver of the truck only spoke Spanish and an older, adult daughter of the woman who had arrived at the scene translated for him. The man reportedly advised he didn’t wish to be a victim of criminal damage. The deputy later attempted to call the driver of the Chevy to get insurance information from him, but the driver refused to speak with the deputy further. 

The mother was treated at the scene for an injury and was transported to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, according to the report. The adult daughter agreed to stay with the minors while the mother was at the hospital. The damaged car was towed from the scene by Magnum Towing at the request of the mother.