By the CNN Wire Staff
Louisiana authorities arrested a man who let his 8-year-old son drive his pickup truck from Mississippi en route to Texas while he slept intoxicated, police said.
Billy Joe Madden of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was arrested Saturday after a motorist called Louisiana State Police saying the driver of a pickup was driving erratically and appeared to be a child, police said. Authorities responded to the Interstate 12 near Holden, Louisiana, and pulled over the vehicle.
Louisiana State Police troopers discovered the driver was an 8-year-old boy whose father was in the passenger seat and whose 4-year-old sister was in the back seat.
“While interviewing Madden, Troopers determined that he was intoxicated and was sleeping while his son drove the vehicle from Hattiesburg, MS enroute to Dallas, TX,” a statement from Louisiana State Police said.
The two children were turned over to Child Protective Services and were waiting for a family member to arrive, police said. No one was injured.
Madden, 28, faces charges including parent allowing a minor to drive, open container, two counts of no child restraint, two counts of child desertion and no seat belt.
Bond was set at $1,474 and Madden bonded out the same day of his arrest.