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Drunk friend drives drunk parents home, crashes into car

10/3/2011, 8:34 a.m.

VAN NUYS, Calif.--Three children were turned over to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services this morning after the van in which they were riding collided with a car in Van Nuys and authorities determined both drivers were drunk, police said.

The children were not properly secured in the van but none were seriously hurt in the accident, which occurred on Van Nuys Boulevard just north of Valerio Street around 12:30 a.m., said Sgt. Don Kelly of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

The parents of the three children had been drinking and called a friend to drive them home in his van, said Officer R. Shaffer, also of Valley Traffic.

But the friend was also under the influence, as was the driver of the Mustang with which the van collided, Shaffer said.

A 4-month-old girl was in a tub used to wash feet instead of a baby car seat, he said. A 2-year-old boy who had not been placed in a child safety seat suffered a red bruise on his cheek, and a 4-year-old girl sitting between her parents on a back seat had a lump on her left cheek, he said.

The children's mother had a lump on her head, and both their father and the van driver suffered abrasions, Shaffer said. The Mustang driver was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of more serious injuries, he said.

The two drivers will face DUI charges, Shaffer said.

The investigation was continuing this morning to determine if the parents would be charged with child restraint violations, Kelly said.