Police: 9-year-old Drove for Drinking Dad

Police: 9-year-old Drove for Drinking Dad

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities have charged a Wyoming man with allowing his 9-year-old child to be a designated driver.

According to the arrest report, 31-year-old Nathan Walter Sikkenga of Gillette told troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol in Orlando on Saturday that he and his wife "were under the influence of alcohol" and instructed their son to drive the van, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

The van crashed into a security gate arm bar. An Orange County Sheriff's deputy who witnessed the crash told responding troopers that a child was behind the wheel and the father was sitting in the front passenger seat, the report states.

Sikkenga was charged with felony child endangerment. No current telephone listing could be found for Sikkenga and it wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

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