Jessica Mathiau was too drunk to drive herself home one night, so she had her son take the wheel. Normally would have been fine, say if Mathiau’s son was over the age of 16 or at least had his driver’s permit. That was not the case, however. According to Travelers Today, the boy was about 10-12-years-old — clearly not old enough to drive.
Police in Brattleboro, Vermont, spotted the car on Saturday evening around dinner time and approached the vehicle. What they saw when they looked in the window was fairly surprising.
“The police have stated that one of their troopers spotted a car that was parked right at the middle of the Sunset Lake Road shortly before 6 p.m. The trooper then approached the vehicle and discovered that the child, who was, of course, without a license to drive, was the one seated on the driver’s seat, and Jessica Mathiau drunk was in a drunken stupor on the passenger seat.”
Although Jessica Mathiau was drunk and knew enough not to drive, she did not make a good decision by letting her juvenile son get behind the wheel. For that, Mathiau was charged with child endangerment. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Mathiau will be in court at the end of the month.
According to USA Today, Mathiau was wasted and in no condition to drive. She was so drunk, in fact, that she wasn’t even able to make a good decision in regard to allowing her young son to take her home. However, she was still being a cautions “back seat driver” from 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.”
It’s unknown if Jessica Mathiau has a drinking problem or if this was just a fluke thing. She could not be reached for comment and has not released a statement of any kind. She will more than likely plead guilty when she heads to court, and it’s possible that she will reach a plea agreement beforehand.
No one was injured, which is the most important piece to the story. The young boy could have easily hit another car or even a person. It is unknown how far the child drove before police caught up to the car, but everyone is lucky that things ended where they did.
[Photo courtesy of Police Car Archives]