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Two Texas parents left an Austin night club drunk over the weekend with a designated driver: their 13-year-old daughter, police say.
The couple was drinking at Club Vongos on Saturday night with their two children, the 13-year-old girl and a 7-year-old daughter.
When the family left the club at around 11 p.m. (12 p.m. ET), the eldest daughter "observed her parents were too intoxicated to drive as they were leaving the bar and suggested she should drive home because she felt it would be safer for her to drive," according to a police affidavit.
Police received a call shortly after that a silver Chevrolet pickup truck was running stoplights, driving erratically and going 25-30 mph below the posted speed limit of 70 mph on the highway, the affidavit states.
When stopped, the two parents were visibly drunk and stated they also believed they were too intoxicated to drive and thought it was a safer decision to allow their inexperienced 13-year-old daughter to drive the over 30 minute trip home, according to the affidavit.
Police say the mother called it a "little adventure" for the girl.
Another motorist thought the driver of the Chevy was intoxicated and says he witnessed the truck cause three near collisions, the affidavit says.
The parents were arrested and have each been charged with child endangerment, a state-jail felony, according to arrest warrants, NBC station KXAN reported.
The affidavit also states a partially consumed and cold beer was found under the driver's seat, suggesting one of the parents was continuing to drink inside the pickup while having their daughter drive home.