CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) – A father could face potential criminal charges after he was spotted driving his teen daughter -- who was bound and gagged -- in an attempt to take her to a drug rehabilitation facility.
At around 7 p.m. Monday, California High Patrol officials said a driver on southbound Interstate 5 near the Orange County line reported seeing a teenage girl tied up and gagged in the back seat of a Toyota Corolla traveling in the same direction.
Responding CHP officers spotted the Corolla on southbound I-5 at Canon Road in Carlsbad and pulled the driver over.
CHP officials said the 67-year-old male driver from San Juan Capistrano was trying to take his 17-year-old daughter to a drug rehab facility in Mexico.
The teen, who CHP officials said admitted to using meth for the past year, was taken into protective custody.
The girl’s father and 21-year-old sister, who was also in the car at the time, both face possible charges ranging from kidnapping to child endangerment.
The incident remains under investigation.
"You just can't gag someone and bind them to the back of a car and take them into a foreign country. That's just not acceptable. And we're trying to sort out the details," CHP Sgt. Mike Morrin said.