Police: Drunk Father Let 8-Year-Old Son Drive Pickup

Louisiana State Police got a surprise when they stopped a truck driving erratically on the road near Holden Sunday.

When they pulled over the Chevy pickup truck they found an 8-year-old behind the wheel, his 28-year old father sleeping in the passenger seat and his 4-year-old sister sitting in the back seat.

Police say the father, Billy Joe Madden, was intoxicated and was sleeping while his son drove the vehicle from Hattiesburg, Mississippi toward Dallas, Texas.

A concerned motorist alerted police to the vehicle just after 6:30 a.m. both children were turned over to Child Protective Services, they were not injured.

Madden was arrested and faces two counts of child desertion, parent allowing a minor to drive, open container, two counts of no child restraint and no seatbelt. Madden's bond was set at $1,474.00.