Dad Sleeps While 8 year Old Son Drives Down Highway

A 28-year-old Mississippi man let his 8-year-old son drive down the highway while he slept with his 4-year-old daughter in the backseat.

Police say they received a call that a green pick up truck was driving erratically on the highway in Livingston Parish, La.  The caller also said that the driver of the truck appeared to be a child.

When troopers pulled over the vehicle, they discovered that the 8-year-old was indeed the driver and his father, 28-year-old Billy Joe Madden, was asleep on the passenger’s side.

The 8-year-old boy wasn’t the only one in danger. His 4-year-old sister was also riding in the backseat of the vehicle.

After interviewing Madden, police discovered that Madden was intoxicated and fell asleep as his son drove out of Hattiesburg on the way to Dallas.

Madden was charged with two counts of child desertion, parent allowing a minor to drive, open container and two counts of no child restraint and no seat belt.

Sources say none of the children was injured, and they have both been sent to Child Protective Services while they await for a family member to come and pick them up.

Police say that Madden has been placed on a $1,474 bond for his actions.

Seems to me as if he’s getting off pretty easy.  Parents are crazy these days, just happy that the kids are okay!

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