Man Arrested After 12-Year-Old Caught Clinging to Roof of SUV in “Takeover”
We often witness parking lot or intersection takeover events that end poorly. Whether it’s someone getting injured or vehicles drifting and causing damage, these gatherings don’t seem to make much sense. Let’s just say that car culture has come a long way from parking lot meets of old. However, that doesn’t deter participants from repeating these actions in what will likely become a regrettable pattern in the future. We can’t help but think that anyone will look back at a takeover when their brain is fully developed without experiencing at least a little bit of regret.
In a recent incident, we encountered an exceptionally dangerous situation that got a 20-year-old into serious trouble. Victor Chavez, while heading to what appeared to be a takeover event, had a 12-year-old on the roof of his SUV. Yes, you read that right; the preteen was clinging to the roof of the vehicle – forget seatbelt laws, driving around with a child on your roof seems to defy all common sense as well.
Chavez’s excuse was that he forgot the child was on top of the car. The explanation almost stood to make the situation that much worse. If this explanation wasn’t a blatant lie, one might question how someone who doesn’t notice a child on their roof should even have a driver’s license in the first place.
Per Inside Edition, Chavez was arrested and now faces potential jail time or a fine of up to $10,000 on charges of child endangerment. Child protective services were also involved in response to this reckless situation.
We’ve all been young and made mistakes, but the key is to learn from those mistakes and grow to become more responsible and productive individuals. Perhaps thinking twice about the possible outcomes of a situation like this would be the best case for anyone aware of this incident.