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Another Drunk Dad Has 9-Year-Old Drive: Cops

Parents: If your kid can count his age on his hands, he's not a designated driver
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2011 11:23 AM CDT
Drunk Dad Nathan Sikkenga Has 9-Year-Old Designated Driver
The tale of yet another 9-year-old driver.   (©aparrish)

(Newser) – A few weeks ago, a boozed-up father had his daughter climb on a booster seat and take him shopping; now childhood designated-driving is turning into a quasi-epidemic. A Wyoming man visiting Orlando felt he and his wife had had a few too many on Saturday, so he instructed his son, age 9, to drive the van, MyFox Orlando reports. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the kid drove into the arm bar of a security gate—and a deputy happened to witness the crash, notes the AP.

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Nathan Sikkenga, 31, has been charged with child neglect. And lest you think "quasi-epidemic" is an overstatement, the Miami New Times reports that this is at least the third such incident in the state in recent memory: A 10-year-old hit several cars and a house last year during a "driving lesson"; and an 11-year-old crashed an SUV while "learning to drive" in July. (Click for another "Parent of the Year" story.)

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