A Wisconsin mother and her boyfriend are facing criminal charges after it is believed that they allowed their 9-year-old daughter to drive them home – as they were too drunk to do so themselves.
Jason Roth and Amanda Eggert pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from child neglect and second degree recklessly endangering safety.
The couple were arrested a week prior to their court hearing after police received complaints about an erratic driver on a rural Wisconsin road.
When law enforcement caught up to the car, it had already pulled over to the side of the road near the Apple River in Polk County, Wisconsin.
According to Fox29, Deputy Jeff Hahn told the court he was shocked when he realized the driver was only nine-years-old and that the couple’s 11-month-old baby was strapped in a seat in the car.
He said “As the nine-year-old exited the truck, it was still running and in drive when Mr. Roth was sitting in the truck by himself,”
The officer further testified:” He turned the ignition off and the truck began rolling backwards down the hill towards the river. I jumped into the truck to hit the brakes and put the truck in park.”
Officer Hahn said both parents appeared to be highly intoxicated, with Roth’s breath tests coming back at over three-times the legal limit.
The nine-year-old girl is reported to have driven the truck for a few miles, fortunately avoiding other cars and causing no accidents.
The two children are staying with extended family while their parents remain in jail as both are headed towards a trail.
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: [FOX 29 NEWS]