(February 8, 2016) – A Wisconsin mother and her boyfriend face felony charges after they made her nine-year-old daughter drive them home when they were too drunk to drive, police say.
Amanda Eggert and Jason Roth pled not guilty Friday to child neglect and second degree recklessly endangering safety.
FOX9 reports that authorities received a 911 call about erratic driving last week in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. When a deputy caught up with the vehicle, he was shocked to see a nine-year-old girl was behind the wheel. And an 11-month-old baby was strapped into a car seat.
According to FOX9, Deputy Jeff Hahn said this when he testified in court: “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. 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.”
Deputy Hahn said both adults appeared highly intoxicated, and Roth’s BAC registered at .25.
According to police, the nine-year-old girl drove the couple for miles; fortunately there wasn’t an accident.
The nine-year-old girl and the baby are currently staying with extended family.