LAS CRUCES — A Las Cruces man previously convicted for driving under the influence was charged with child abuse on Monday evening after police believe he consumed alcohol and drove from Alamogordo to Las Cruces with his girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter along for the ride.
Adrian Hernandez, 34, was charged with one count each of intentional child abuse, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, driving on a suspended or revoked license, and driving with no proof of insurance, police said. Hernandez also was charged with driving with an open container, driving a vehicle with expired registration and one count of possession of marijuana.
Police were alerted to Hernandez after a witness called 911 to report an erratic driver. An officer located his car and conducted a traffic stop, where he said Hernandez was slumped over the center console and leaning toward the passenger seat that was occupied by an 8-year-old girl, later identified as the daughter of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Hernandez’s New Mexico driver’s license had been revoked on a previous conviction for driving under the influence. Hernandez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.