NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island mother was facing charges Monday after police said her teenage daughter was pulled over for speeding.
Police say the 15-year-old was speeding on Sunrise Highway in Eastport when she was pulled over Sunday morning.
Police say that the teen’s mother, Yolanda Martinez-Reymundo, let her drive the car alone, according to investigators. A Suffolk County judge ordered Martinez-Reymundo to stay away from her daughter.
The 15-year-old says her mother didn’t even know about it.
“I drive because I want to drive,” Ruby Martinez told CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff. “She didn’t tell me nothing.”
Authorities tell a different story, alleging the mother did allow the unlicensed teen to drive the car.
“It’s your responsibility to not loan your car to someone who is not licensed or whose privilege is suspended or revoked,” Suffolk Police Chief Stuart Cameron said.
The New York State minimum age to drive is 16 with supervision and conditions, including a written exam on the rules of the road or drivers ed.
Still, Ruby says it wasn’t the first time she’s driven. She shed tears as she learned her mother was being held without bail on an immigration hold, and was ordered to stay away from her as the case winds its way through court.
Martinez-Reymundo has been charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child.