Lithuanian police say they stopped a vehicle driven by a 10-year-old boy who had been told to take the wheel by his heavily intoxicated mother.

Border police said they noticed a slow moving minivan on a country road earlier Monday near the southern town of Kybartai and found a boy driving it.

The boy's 43-year-old mother, in the backseat, was measured at more than four times the legal driving limit, a local police statement said.

The woman, who wasn't named, faces a fine of 115 euros ($125) for allowing a minor to drive a motor vehicle.

World Health Organization statistics show that Lithuania's road safety record is among the worst in the European Union, with 15 fatal accidents per 100,000 vehicles in 2014.