Woman who allowed 10-year-old daughter to drive pleads no contest to child abuse charges

FORT PIERCE — A Port St. Lucie woman who let her 10-year-old daughter drive a car that crashed into three vehicles and a house May 23 pleaded no contest Monday to charges of child abuse and permitting an unauthorized minor to drive.

Audrey Willoughby, 33, of the 400 block of Southeast Starflower Avenue, is to be sentenced May 18.

Willoughby reportedly told Port St. Lucie police that Michael Ray Green III, 39, of Port St. Lucie was giving the girl a driving lesson in the Toyota Corolla on Southeast Floresta Driver when the collisions occurred.

Green, who had a bloody hand when interviewed by authorities, said he'd had two beers and that his driver's license was suspended. Willoughby told police she didn't think Green was drunk.

The girl told police she was driving and that her 8-year-old brother and Willoughby were in the rear seat.

Willoughby also was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor, after investigators found marijuana in her purse. Under a plea deal, she'll face no more than 18 months in prison.

The children were taken to their grandfather's house after the incident.

In January, Green, who also was charged with child abuse, was sentenced to 13 months in prison to be followed by 11 months probation.

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