7-year-old designated driver

Troopers: 7-year-old was mom’s designated driver:

37-year-old Karen K. Koch (nice initials) of Fairbanks, Alaska was arrested for letting her 7-year-old son drive the car while she was drunk. Not only was she drunk but police say that she was also passed out. When police finally caught up with her and woke her ass up she didn’t see what the big deal was.

Not surprisingly she has previous DUI offenses and failed a sobriety check that night.

What is surprising is that she still has her kid as far as I can tell and only had to pay $250 to get out of jail.

Thanks to Winter for the tip.

  • sfdude_2008

    Disgusting. All I have to say…

  • harlequin1031

    Even sick (and I’m not saying anything about your situation as a child, we didn’t have the technology then that we do now) a child should not be driving a parent. Rather than teaching the child how to work the car, if they’re sick, the parent should teach the child where the cell phone is kept and how to dial either 911 or a nearby family member as well as how to read road signs or landmarks without getting out of the vehicle


    I remember one time when I was about 9 years old I was sitting shot gun and my little sister was in the back seat. My mother has cancer and Hepatitis and one or the other had been acting up in her and she went out cold at the wheel and I had to drive us all home. I was just a kid and didn’t know what else to do, but we got there safely thank god. In those emergency situations I see nothing wrong with that, but if a parent is ill they should talk about that possibility and explain to their children the right thing to do (and how to work a car).

    BEING DRUNK IS NOT AN EXCUSE. If that child hit some body and killed some one, and herself, that would be absolutely horrible!! Can you imagine if she hit another car? DO you think she’d still have her kid? I think this is a case that is slipping through the system and if something isn’t done this child could seriously end up dead with their mothers A-rate parenting.