Kenner women charged with letting 10-year-old act as designated driver
Chris Miller Reporting
Having a designated driver is good, but you have to make sure you designate someone who is old enough to drive! Kenner Police say that is not what happened early this morning.
"It's just a poor choice for a designated driver," said Kenner Police Sgt. Brian McGregor.
McGregor says police got a phone call around 1:15 a.m. about a vehicle traveling recklessly down I-10 westbound, swerving and going too slow. When cops pulled the 2001 Chevy Tahoe over, they say they discovered a driver who was only ten years old, a 15-year-old passenger, and the 54-year-old grandmother of the ten-year-old and her 48-year-old friend.
"The officers spoke to both the adults inside the vehicle," McGregor said, "and both of them admitted to instructing the 10-year-old to drive the vehicle due to their level of intoxication."
Brenda Byrd (left), the grandmother of the 10-year-old, and Sheila Joiner are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing an unlicensed driver operate a motor vehicle. The two children were released to relatives.