You should never drive when you’ve been drinking. If you really need to get somewhere, take a cab, a bus or a train, but for the love of God don’t let your 8-year-old rive you from Mississippi to Dallas, Texas.
A father was arrested this morning in Livingston Parish after state troopers discovered his 8-year-old son was driving the family from Mississippi to Dallas while the man slept, intoxicated.
The father, Billy Joe Madden, 28, of Hattiesburg, Miss., was arrested and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail. Louisiana State Police Troop A received a call around 6:30 a.m. from a concerned motorist traveling west on Interstate 12 near Holden, said state police spokeswoman Melissa Matey.
The driver said a green Chevrolet pick-up truck was moving erratically and a child appeared to be the driver.
Troopers stopped the pick-up truck on I-12, just west of LA 447 in Livingston Parish. Madden was in the passenger seat while his 8-year-old son drove and his 4-year-old daughter sat in the back seat, Matey said. No one was injured.