Wisconsin couple, too drunk to drive, give keys to 9-year-old

Image: A combination photo shows Jason Robert Roth (L) and Amanda Rose Eggert in these January 31, 2016 booking photos in Polk County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department, released on February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Polk County Sheriff’s Department/Handout via Reuters


By Brendan O’Brien

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Wisconsin couple allowed their 9-year-old daughter to drive them and their 11-month-old baby because they were too drunk to do so themselves, according to Polk County Circuit Court records.

Jason Roth, 36, and Amanda Eggert, 32, pleaded not guilty at the court on Friday to charges of recklessly endangering safety and neglecting a child, according to the online records.

On Jan. 31, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about an erratic driver and found the couple and their children parked at a boat drop in Polk County, about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, according to a criminal complaint.

The deputy arrested the couple when he learned that their 9-year-old daughter was driving them and their baby home in their pickup truck because they were both intoxicated, according to the complaint from the county prosecutor’s office.

Eggert also faces several charges stemming from a fight she had with paramedics who arrived to help her with a cut on her hand suffered when she was snowmobiling earlier in the day, court records showed.

Lawyers for the couple were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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