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Drunk US dad lets 8-year-old drive

2011-08-01 21:12

New Orleans - A drunk US father allowed his 8 year-old son to drive his pick-up truck on a highway during the weekend while he slept, until patrol officers pulled over the boy, police said.

The boy was driving the Chevrolet truck on Interstate 12 in Louisiana with his father in the passenger seat and his 4 year-old sister in the back seat, Louisiana State Police said in a statement.

A passing motorist noticed the pick-up truck was being driven erratically and called police.

When state troopers pulled over the truck they found the boy behind the wheel and interviewed the father, 28 year-old Billy Joe Madden of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police said.

Police said Madden was drunk and that he had been sleeping while his son drove the vehicle. Madden was arrested and charged with two counts of child desertion and other counts.

Madden remains in jail in lieu of $1 474 bail. Both of his children were turned over to child welfare authorities and were awaiting the arrival of a family member who could take custody of them, police said.

Comments
  • Franna16 - 2011-08-01 21:29

    Only in America

      Franna16 - 2011-08-01 21:31

      White trash

      darkwing - 2011-08-01 21:31

      Where they have better policing. Here it would go undetected.

      rohin.jadin - 2012-12-24 08:53

      @darkwing - I disagree, a passing driver noticed and contacted authorities, here in SA everyone has a it's not my problem attitude and would rather wait for someone else to do something.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-08-01 21:50

    Geez, you had got to be kidding!!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-01 22:20

    GOOD IDEA TO LET SOMEONE ELSE TO DRIVE YOUR CAR IF YOU ARE DRUNK THE PROBLEM CAME WITH WHO HE ALLOWED TO DRIVE

      rohin.jadin - 2012-12-24 08:55

      Yeah as wrong as this was, I'm sure the kids were better off than if he had decided to drive.

  • Mirnix Dirnix - 2014-09-17 12:22

    I drove my first car when I was 10 years.way back in 1976.NO Problem, I guess I did better than some of those morons these days!

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