A couple have faced court after they got their nine-year-old daughter to drive them home from a big night out.

The Mirror reported that Jason Roth and Amanda Eggert were drunk in the back seat of their truck when it was pulled over by police in Wisconsin, US, because it was coming close to colliding with oncoming traffic. Their daughter, nine, was driving and an 11-month-old was also in the car.

The parents were three times over the legal blood alcohol limit – are charged with child neglect and recklessly endangering safety.

Deputy Jeff Hahn told the 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.”

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  • The parents should have called for a taxi not let their 9 yr old daughter drive.


  • Very wrong of this couple.


  • That is so scarey, the things that could have gone wrong and turned this story into a tragedy. Some people don’t deserve to be parents, I hope they fade the full force of the law


  • I hope they have learned the lesson of not to do it again and let 9 yr live life like a 9 yr


  • would that is unreal! i wonder how many other times this child has driven?


  • How utterly irresponsible!


  • What were they thinking and where was the 11 month old was it seated properly?


  • Serious? I cannot believe this rubbish happens!


  • omg, some parents are wankers


  • OH MY GOD! Parents of the year right there…far out!!


  • Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of a youngster driving for a drunk parent. Utterly disgraceful.


  • I can’t even think of the right words to say… this is one of the most disgraceful displays of parenting I have ever come across.


  • Unbelievable!! Who taught that girl how to drive at 9-years old?? What if something had happened? Very irresponsible parents!!

    • If she is interested in cars she may have watched how her parents drive.
      I know a car crazy kid that did that. He drove an old car on a farm in an emergency situation but they had shown him how to drive it. He got his Learner’s Permit before he drove on public roads.

      • Yes, that’s possible indeed. But for the parents to put this responsibility on that little girl.. is unbelievable. :-(


  • That’s insane. Poor little darlin shouldn’t be put in a situation like that. Lucky no one was hurt


  • Oh my goodness. The parents should not have the responsibility of children


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