who lied to protect daughter is sentenced
November 25, 2008 | Some say there can't be a price
on the love a parent has for their child. One father
will pay with jail time for covering up a lie for his
Adolfo Mendoza, 58, pleaded guilty to lying to the
police, providing false statements at a preliminary
hearing and allowing an unlicensed person to drive.
The unlicensed driver was Mendoza's 15 year-old daughter.
Mendoza said he allowed her to drive and while driving
she caused a crash. Mendoza said he traded places with
her in the car so he appeared to be driving and therefore
causing the crash, instead of the crash being the daughter's
Witnesses told officers the daughter was driving,
yet Mendoza told the police he was driving. Mendoza
has admitted that he lied to police officers.
Mendoza was sentenced to 365 days in jail and a $200
fine with a $25 security fee. All but two days of the
jail time were suspended. Mendoza said he will serve
his jail time over the Thanksgiving weekend. The fine
is due by Dec. 15.