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Drunk mother forces 8-year-old son to sit on her lap and steer car on highway

By Mason White 2:34 PM May 9, 2017
Carrie L. Bernard
Carrie L. Bernard
By: Emily Lewis

A police officer was shocked to see a mother holding her son on her lap and forcing him to steer her car on a highway, according to police in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee police said that the 37-year-old woman is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence and child endangerment, after being accused driving drunk with her 8-year-old son on her lap while the child was steering the car.

Since this is the woman’s third drunk driving offense, she was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangering safety; operating after revocation – OWI related; and interlock ignition device violation.

37-year-old Carrie L. Bernard was booked into jail, and her son was handed over to Child Protective Services.

According to the criminal complaint, Deputy Whitney Hendon noticed a woman driving with a boy on her lap on state Highway 145 around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The officer pulled the vehicle over, and noticed that Bernard was under the influence. The 8-year-old boy was crying, saying that he did not want to go to jail.

Bernard refused to cooperate until a supervisor arrived on the scene. Bernard then failed multiple field sobriety tests. A dog was also recovered from the car.