NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A New Port Richey mother has been arrested after her 9-year-old child crashed her car while she was attempting to teach them how to drive.

According to the New Port Richey Police Department, officers were dispatched to 6335 Grand Blvd. around 7:26 p.m. on Wednesday for reports of a car crash.

Following an investigation, it was revealed that a 9-year-old was behind the wheel at the time of the incident.

Police stated that video surveillance showed the mother, Amy Lee Kidd, 40, speaking with her child through the driver-side window. According to reports, Kid was attempting to show her child how to back out of a parking space.

“The child puts the car in reverse at the direction of the parent and then apparently accelerates very fast,” said New Port Richey Police Chief Robert Kochen. “The car basically shot across the marking lot at a good rate of speed and crashed into a building.”

The mother tried to hang onto the moving vehicle, causing her to be dragged from the parking spot.

The car ultimately crashed into a building causing “substantial damage.”

NPR reported that the 9-year-old didn’t sustain injuries as a result of the incident. Kidd also admitted to officials that she was trying to teach her child how to back out of a confined parking space.

“This is a really dangerous situation,” said Chief Kochen. “If there were people in the area–it was a pretty crowded parking lot–if there were people in the area, they would’ve been in danger.”

“The child was in danger and the mom put herself in danger,” he continued.

Kidd was arrested for child neglect and permitting an unauthorized person to drive following the crash.

Mayors often hold jobs within the community they serve.

The building the vehicle crashed into happened to be New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe’s office at his other job.

“That could’ve been really bad,” he said. “I’ve got a 9-year-old granddaughter; that’s scary.”

“Someone could’ve been hurt,” he continued.