Laguna Niguel, California’s Erin Garcia, while drunk, drags her daughter with her vehicle


Erin Garcia, 44, of Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California, United States was recently arrested by the Placentia Police Department. She was charged with the assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and battery against a police officer.

While intoxicated, Garcia tried to leave her mother’s residence on Orchid Drive in Placentia, Orange County on September 16, 2021. Worried about Garcia driving while drunk, her daughter, 8, tried to stop her by grabbing the handle of her car’s passenger’s door and telling her to stop.

Instead of stopping, Garcia looked at her daughter and proceeded to drive away, dragging the girl alongside the vehicle for around 300 feet. A male adult bystander saw the incident.

Erin Garcia (©Placentia Police Department)
Erin Garcia (©Placentia Police Department)

Garcia stopped after the bystander tried to intervene. The bystander and Garcia’s mother tried to get Garcia out of the vehicle but failed.

Again, Garcia drove away, dragging the bystander by her car for a short distance, and fled. Placentia Police Department officers responded to the scene and found her hiding behind some bushes in the backyard.

The officers tried to take Garcia into custody. She resisted and kicked at them but she was ultimately arrested without further incident while her daughter and the bystander she dragged with her vehicle were transported to local hospital with moderate injuries.

On September 20, 2021, Garcia is expected to appear in court. Her bail was set at $100,000.


Laguna Niguel was incorporated on December 1, 1989. The city has its origins in the Rancho Niguel Mexican land grant, which the Laguna Niguel Corporation acquired in 1959 to develop one of the first master-planned communities in California.

Fred Minagar is the incumbent mayor of Laguna Niguel. He and his wife Julie Minagar have two children who grew up in the city.

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