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If you were driving on I-10 (West-bound) near Kenner, Louisiana recently you may have been startled to see an awfully young kid driving an SUV.
Police were startled too when they pulled the vehicle over because it was weaving and being driven too slowly... And to everyone's surprise, the driver could barely see over the steering wheel.
That's when police learned that Grandma was too drunk to drive. She said so herself. The child’s grandmother, 54-year-old Brenda Byrd, and her friend, 48-year-old Sheila Joiner were booked with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.
Apparently, between the two of them they couldn't figure out how to phone an adult for help.
Initially police were called and told by witnesses about an SUV driving very slowly on a major highway, swerving in and out of the lanes, at about 1 a.m., the Times-Picayune reported.
They suspected an impaired driver, pulled over the 2001 Chevy Tahoe and found a young boy in the driver's seat.
The young driver and a 15-year-old passenger, his brother, were later released to family members. Of course, one must wonder why the women turned the vehicle over to the 10-year old and not his older brother. Sgt. Brian McGregor, a spokesman for the Kenner Police Dept., acknowledged that it's a question that remains unanswered.
When asked if the 15-year-old may have been drunk too, McGregor said there were no signs indicating that, but for whatever reason, they told the 10-year old to drive the vehicle. And it seems that the 15-year-old did not object, or take control of the vehicle. Did he not realize his own life was in jeopardy? Why not?
Police arrested both Byrd and Joiner charging them with the crimes of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing an unlicensed driver operate a motor vehicle. As of June 12 both remain in custody, no bond has been set.
McGregor agreed that it was small miracle that there were no serious injuries and he credited the public who phoned in to alert police. And for the record, when Kenner Police get a call, they're usually at the scene within three minutes.
Kudos to the Kenner Police Dept!