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12-year-old charged with DWI after chase

ALAMOGORDO – A 12-year-old girl suspected of driving drunk and three other minors took the family car for a drive in Alamogordo.

All four children admitted drinking alcohol, police records state. The names of the children were not released.

The girl who was driving during the May 4 incident that happened around 12:30 a.m. was referred to Juvenile Probation and Parole for reckless driving and DWI.

Alamogordo Police officers were seeking a wanted person near Walker Avenue when officers saw the car with the children leaving a closed business area, Alamogordo Police Chief Brian Peete said.

The vehicle fled while an APD officer attempted to identify the owner of the car.

The girl drove the car east on U.S. 70 where she passed a New Mexico State Police vehicle.

Police said the pursuit continued after the girl drove through a dirt lot and nearly struck an Otero County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The vehicle spun out of control shortly after on U.S. 54, hitting a speed limit sign.

No injuries were reported.

All the passengers showed signs of impairment, Peete said

“We’re coordinating legal options now. Coordinating with the city attorney, the district attorney and JPPO to try to figure out what’s next,” Peete said.

APD is also working with the Alamogordo Public Schools as a part of a “comprehensive approach to disciplinary action,” Peete said. “We’re using a coordinated effort to get to the bottom of this.”

The investigation is ongoing, and Peete said Alamogordo police and the other agencies are thankful that no one was hurt.

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