A New Mexico mom is facing child abuse charges after she allegedly led police on an alcohol-fueled car chase — with her two young children in the vehicle.
According to KRQE News, Shirlena Charley, 23, was arrested after leading police on a pursuit while her two young children were in the car. Albuquerque police released video last week of her arrest which shows her yelling, “F*** you, bald head,” to one of the officers.
On April 6, APD officers received a call reporting a possible drunk driver in a black SUV, according to KRQE. When officers attempted to pull the car over, the driver fled.
Dispatchers later received reports of a vehicle narrowly missing hitting other cars on the highway. Another call reported an SUV had crashed into the median, followed by reports of a vehicle hitting parked cars in a residential neighborhood.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered the SUV’s tires were blown out and it had come to rest against another car on private property. The video shows Charley and her two children, ages four and five, coming out of the wrecked SUV and telling officers they were unharmed.
The video shows Charley’s young daughter pointing to a blown-out tire and saying, “Yikes!”
WALB reports Charley initially claimed someone else had been driving the car, which led to a man who fit the fake description being briefly detained and questioned by officers.
The video shows the young mother becoming agitated and swearing at an officer after failing her field sobriety test and being placed under arrest. Charley was driving on a suspended license and was ultimately charged with two counts of felony child abuse.
Charley was due in court on April 12, but failed to appear. According to court documents, a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Records also reportedly show that Charley was arrested last April on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon in Bernalillo County. Charges were ultimately dropped in that case.
Photo: Albuquerque Police Department