Saturday 22 July 2017

9-year-olds drove for drinking dads

A man in Florida allowed his nine-year-old child to drive his van
A man in Florida allowed his nine-year-old child to drive his van

Police in Florida have caught a father allowing his nine-year-old child to drive - the second such incident this month.

Florida Highway Patrol said after a crash on Saturday in Orlando, 31-year-old Nathan Sikkenga told troopers that he and his wife had been drinking, so their nine-year-old son drove their van.

The family was visiting from Gillette, Wyoming. Sikkenga was charged with child endangerment.

On October 8, police say a man from the Detroit, Michigan, area had his nine-year-old daughter drive him to a store because he had been drinking.

Surveillance video from a petrol station shows him saying his daughter was his "designated driver".

The father was charged with child abuse.

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