8-year-old designated driver gets dad arrested

It’s hard to find good help anymore.

Nudity was not among the list of charges, so I assume he was wearing pants.

Nudity was not among the list of charges, so I assume he was wearing pants.

Just ask Mississippi’s finest, Billy Joe Madden, 28, who let his 8-year-old son take the wheel while he tried to sleep off a few beers, according to an article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Louisiana state troopers pulled the child over on I-12 as he attempted to drive from Mississippi to Dallas while dad snoozed in the passenger seat. His 4-year-old sister was in the back seat of the green Chevy pickup.

A concerned motorist called police at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday and said the boy was “driving erratically,” which is easy to do when you can’t reach the gas and brake pedals while keeping your head above the dashboard.

Dad was still drunk, police said.

The kids are now with child protective services. Dad is charged with allowing a minor to drive, keeping an open container in the vehicle, driving without a seat belt, two counts of child desertion and two counts of no child restraint.

Move over Balloon Boy dad, America has a new worst parent.

22 comments Add your comment


August 1st, 2011
2:26 pm

Oh My

August 1st, 2011
2:27 pm

Im so mad at my dad!! He use to let my little sister drive him drunk. He never let me. Thanks dad!!!

Big C

August 1st, 2011
3:07 pm

Wow! What an idiot!!!


August 1st, 2011
3:10 pm

Wow. Way to represent the crooked – letter dude…..


August 1st, 2011
3:15 pm

And the father of the year award goes to….Billy Joe Madden!!!! If he had given it any thought through the drunken haze, he could have put the 4 year old in the floor to work the gas and brakes while the 8 year old sat on his knees.


August 1st, 2011
3:36 pm

Marinemom… I hate to say this… but the year ain’t over yet.


August 1st, 2011
3:51 pm

What a moron! I still had to laugh though, at the story and his photo!

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August 1st, 2011
4:22 pm

Sad to say, this isn’t even the worst of bad parenting. The things parents do to and put their children through is truly mind boggling. Billy Joe Madden and the likes of him are proof positive that some people should NOT bear children. The even sadder part is the lesson it “teaches” his children. Hopefully, the lesson they learn is NOT to follow Dad’s example. Talk about a lesson in “How Not to Be Like Dad.”


August 1st, 2011
4:29 pm

PS….my grandfather always said “idiot” stood for “imbecilic, deranged, irresponsible, oafish, turd” – bet his picture is right next to all five!


August 1st, 2011
4:51 pm

Yep, he messed up. You have to be 10 to get a Designated Drivers permit in Mississippi.


August 1st, 2011
5:14 pm



August 1st, 2011
5:29 pm

Where was Mom was Dad was letting the kids drive him home drunk? Hopefully the kids will end up in protective services…….


August 1st, 2011
7:12 pm

He’s almost as stupid as the parents who take their kids to McDonald’s for the artery clogging Happy Meal.


August 1st, 2011
7:23 pm

Totally agree with Lynn, some people should not have kids. And the sad part is they usually have multiples which makes it hard on everybody else from the educators to the other kids who have to interract with products of poor parents! And the beat goes on and on and on…..


August 1st, 2011
7:25 pm

Sad state of times and sad that the AJC forgot spell check for “balloon”!


August 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

“…Mississippi’s finest,…”

That right there kinda says it all.


August 1st, 2011
8:17 pm

What’s a Ballon?

George Mathis

August 2nd, 2011
8:33 am

The balloon has been fixed. Thanks, as always, for the kind words of encouragement.


August 2nd, 2011
12:27 pm

George – don’t let the typo police get you down.

I enjoy the stuff you share with us. Thank you!

Stanley Crowe

August 2nd, 2011
5:17 pm

The mugshot really does say it all. I suppose this dimwit thought that it was the “responsible” thing to do. It always works out so well when Homer Simpson lets Bart drive for him.


August 17th, 2011
12:50 pm

Whattaya mean “child desertion”? The kids were right there the whole time!