Cops find 3-year-old behind the wheel
Elisabeth Strillacci, Senior Writer
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NEW BRITAIN -- You can get away with a lot of things just by being 3 years old, but speeding is not one of them.
Police pulled over a car for speeding at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday after it passed through a radar trap on East Main Street going 45 mph in a 30-mph zone. When they approached the car to get the driver’s license, they were amazed to see a 3-year-old child on the lap of Lynette Martinez, 22, of 291 High St.
The child’s mother was in the front passenger seat.
"The driver told officers that ‘she always asks to drive and I always say yes’," said Sgt. Gregory Wright.
The child was reportedly not in any type of seat restraint or seat belt.
Martinez was charged with risk of injury to a minor and traveling at an unreasonable speed.
She was released on a $5,000 nonsurety bond, and officers notified the Department of Children and Families of the situation so a follow-up could be made with the child’s mother.
Officers were running the speed trap as part of the department’s Bust Aggressive Driving (Bad) program, aimed at reducing dangerous and unsafe driving practices.
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