A drunk Wisconsin couple was caught by police allegedly allowing the woman’s nine-year-old daughter drive them home in their pickup truck to avoid getting stopped for drunk driving.
Amanda Eggert and her boyfriend Jason Roth allegedly let her daughter weave in and out of traffic for miles along rural roads before pulling into a public boat launch along the Apple River in Polk County.
A 911 call led Deputy Jeff Hahn to the truck, where he found the couple’s 11-month-old baby strapped into a car seat. Hahn said, “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.”
Roth blew .25 on a breathalyzer test; the legal limit in the state for DUI is .08. Roth and Eggert have been charged with child neglect and second degree recklessly endangering safety. Eggert’s daughter has been placed with extended family.