Marin couple charged with letting 13-year-old drive

A Marin County couple arrested for letting a teen drive them home Sunday because they allegedly were intoxicated appeared in Marin County Superior Court Tuesday morning.

Heather Choulos, 32, of Mill Valley, and Donald Hughes, 29, of San Rafael, were arrested Sunday night after San Anselmo police officers saw a tan 2008 Land Rover stopped in the middle of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near Center Boulevard, Detective Cpl. Julie Gorwood said this afternoon.

The boy, the 13-year-old son of Choulos, was apparently driving because Choulos and Hughes had consumed a bottle of red wine at LoCoco's Italian Pizzeria on San Anselmo Avenue, Gorwood said.

The couple apparently were too intoxicated to drive and asked the teen to be their designated driver, Gorwood said.

The boy complied but stopped the Land Rover after he drove a few blocks, realized he was going the wrong way, turned around and became scared, Gorwood said.

Hughes and Choulos were outside the vehicle and the boy was in the back seat when officers arrived to investigate, Gorwood said.

Since no one was behind the wheel or in control of the vehicle, Hughes and Choulos were arrested for public intoxication and child
endangerment, but not DUI, Gorwood said. The boy's stepfather picked him up at the police station, Gorwood said.

Hughes and Choulos were booked into the Marin County jail and were released Monday night.

Gorwood said the child endangerment charge against Hughes was dismissed in court Tuesday morning but he still faces a public intoxication charge. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 2.

Choulos still faces both charges, Gorwood said. She will appear in court Oct. 28.

Gorwood said Choulos asked her son to drive.

“She made a bad decision,” Gorwood said.
 

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & Courts

Just Posted

Cabernet sauvignon grapes sat in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
San Francisco’s ‘Champagne problems’ — Wine industry suffers supply chain woes

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
<ins></ins>
Why is it so hard to keep San Francisco’s streets clean?

Some blame bureaucracy, others say it’s the residents’ fault

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — touted Congressional Democrats’ infrastructure bill in San Francisco on Thursday. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
Pelosi touts infrastructure bill as it nears finish line

Climate change, social safety net among major priorities of Democrats’ 10-year funding measure

Most Read