LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A woman was arrested on suspicion of letting her 5-year-old son drive her around while she was intoxicated, police said.
Holly Schnobrich, 24, of Lafayette, was charged with two counts of felony neglect and public intoxication after neighbors told police of the incident early Sunday in the Saddlebrook subdivision.
The boy and his 3-year-old brother, who was also in the vehicle, were placed into the custody of the Department of Child Services, police said.
Investigators said neither child was restrained.The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department said officers went to the subdivision after neighbors told them they saw the boy behind the wheel."It was just bizarre," Barrett told the Journal & Courier of Lafayette. "I asked, 'Is this toddler driving your car?' She said, 'He's a good driver.'"Police said another neighbor took Schnobrich's car keys so that she couldn't get away before officers arrived.According to a probable cause affidavit, Schnobrich admitted taking the prescription painkiller Percocet and had a near-empty bottle of sleeping pills that she told them she had for two days. Officers said that the driving child told them he was having a hard time because he couldn't reach the pedals.Schnobrich was being held Thursday in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a $10,000 surety bond. Prosecutors said Schnobrich pleaded guilty last week to an unrelated charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.