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.

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