Mom found passed out in backseat after 8-year-old son was pulled over for driving wrong way

1 month ago

St. Louis news, Missouri news.

The mother of an 8-year-old boy caught driving the wrong way was found passed out in the backseat of the car, Police in St. Louis said.

Officers pulled over a car traveling west in the eastbound lanes near the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis on Monday and were surprised to find out that the driver was a young child.

The driver’s 28-year-old mother, Latonya Mayes-Gale, was passed out in the backseat of the vehicle, police said.

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  • A 3-year-old toddler was also found inside the car, not strapped in a car seat; Police said Mayes-Gale asked the boy to take the wheel so she could get more comfort in the back.

    She was arrested on two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and was since released on bond.

    Prosecutors alleged that substance use was involved in the incident while Mayes-Gale’s attorney cited stress and mental health issues.