Cops: Drunk Vermont Woman Made Kid Drive

Child endangerment charges ensue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2014 11:40 AM CDT
Cops: Drunk Vermont Woman Made Kid Drive
Generally, when one is intoxicated and needs to travel, it is customary to have a sober *adult* drive.   (Shutterstock)

A Vermont woman has been arrested after police say she had a child drive her car while she was drunk. Forty-two-year-old Jessica Mathiau of Brattleboro was arrested last night and charged with child endangerment. State police say a trooper noticed a car parked in the middle of the road, and upon speaking with the occupants, discovered that a child had been driving while Mathiau rode in the passenger seat. Police say Mathiau was highly intoxicated, and during her travels, had activated the car's emergency brake numerous times in the middle of traffic. The child's age was unavailable. (Read more alcohol is bad for you stories.)

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