Police: Woman, son found under the influence after crash

Bee Staff ReportsMay 23, 2014 

Booking mug of Paula Lopez. Photo courtesy of Sonora Police Department

— Officers found a mother and her teenage son under the influence of controlled substances after an argument over her driving led to a crash Thursday, authorities said.

According to Sonora police, officers were called to Stewart Street near Lytton Street at 5:30 p.m. on a report of an injury crash.

Police said Paula Lopez, 61, of Sonora was taking her 16-year-old son to Columbia when the two started arguing over how fast Lopez was driving. The car drifted into the oncoming lane.

Lopez’s son, whose name was not released, grabbed the wheel and jerked it. The car went back across the road and hit a parked car.

Lopez and her son both appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances, police said. They both were taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

Lopez was booked at the Tuolumne County jail on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Lopez’s son was released to the probation department on a charge being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police said Lopez could face additional charges of child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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