North Pole Police find 10-year-old driving car for intoxicated father

(John Dougherty/KTVF)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On Dec. 28 North Pole Police pulled over a car that was driving erratically on Badger Road. When they looked inside, they found a 10 year old boy driving the vehicle.

According to charging documents, the NPPD received a report of a red Dodge pickup heading southbound on Badger Road toward North Pole. According to the report the truck was weaving badly, crossing into oncoming traffic, and nearly going into the ditch.

Police contacted the vehicle near the North Pole Safeway, and discovered the driver to be a 10-year-old boy. His father was in the passenger seat and appeared to be intoxicated, according to the document. The father, Brandon Phillips, allegedly made statements about being too intoxicated to drive and instead having his son drive him from his friend’s house to his home in North Pole about 14 miles away.

The boy was upset and crying, saying that he had asked to drive in the friend’s driveway but never wanted to drive on the road, and was scared to do so. He said he had to drive because his father and grandfather, who were both in the vehicle, were drunk.

According to police, the father said he knew he was wrong for doing this and was happy to take full responsibility for his choice of having his son drive.

Phillips was charged with permitting an unauthorized person to drive, and driving under the influence.

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