Two parents arrested for child endangerment driving in Lindsay

Lindsay father is arrested for DUI with daughter, 9, in the car while mother with active warrants has her daughter, 6, drive her to the store


LINDSAY – A Lindsay woman was arrested last week after letting her 6-year-old daughter drive her to a convenience store. 

At 5:21 p.m. on May 20, an officer responded to a report of a young girl driving a car in the 800 block of W. Tulare Road. The officer contacted 46-year-old Sandra Melgar-Waters who denied the allegations that her 6-year-old daughter had been driving. The officer was able to obtain security footage from A1 Market, 697 N. Westwood Ave., that showed footage of the daughter driving her mother to the store.

A records check also showed that Melgar-Waters had an active warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and later booked into the Visalia Pre-Trail Facility for housing. The necessary information for a report was gathered. The children were left in the care and custody of an uncle with approval by Child Welfare Services.

Two days later a Lindsay man was arrested for drinking and driving with his 9-year-old daughter in the car. At 11:25 p.m. on May 22, an officer was dispatched to the area of Ash and Tulare for a report of a man who was driving a grey 2007 Chevy Silverado while intoxicated with his 9 year old daughter in the pickup.  Officers located and stopped the pickup in the 900 block of W. Tulare Road and contacted the driver, 42-year-old Javier Cabrera of Lindsay. 

Cabrera showed signs of being intoxicated and was arrested and taken the Lindsay Police Department where he provided two breathalyzer samples of .10. He was cited and released on a signed promise to appear in court on charges of DUI and child endangerment.

Lindsay Police Logs

Thursday, May 17
At 8:49 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Harvard, officers responded to a report of a suspicious male standing in the roadway shouting “Tulare County”. The man was identified as Oscar Lemus, 51, of Lindsay, a transient who was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. Lemus was later booked into the Porterville Sub-Station.

Friday, May 18
At 12:47 p.m. at 570 S. Mirage Ave., officers observed a subject flee on foot into the orange grove south of the parking lot.  Officers set up perimeter and later arrested 21-year-old Joe Hill, a transient, who was found to be in possession of a dirk or dagger and drug paraphernalia. Hill was later booked into Porterville Sub-Station.  

At 2:11 p.m. in the area of Lewis and Mount Vernon, an officer contacted 33-year-old Estrella Sandro Medina, who was found to have an active felony warrant for resisting arrest and was taken into custody. Medina was also in possession of .17 grams of methamphetamine. She was later booked into Porterville Sub-Station. 

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