Mo. Police Stop 8-Year-Old Driving Wrong Way; Mom Unconscious in Back

April 17, 2024
A 28-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly told her 8-year-old son to drive her car while she was passed out in the back seat along with a 3-year-out was not in a car seat.

By Katie Kull

Source St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS, MO — Prosecutors charged an East St. Louis woman on Monday after police said her 8-year-old child was driving her car the wrong way on a downtown street while she was unconscious in the back seat alongside a 3-year-old who was not in a car seat.

Latonya Mayes-Gale, 28, is facing two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after police say she told her 8-year-old to drive the car because she couldn't.

Officers found them at Walnut and South 4th streets. The child was driving west in the eastbound lane, court documents say.

Mays-Gayle is being held in the St. Louis jail without bond.


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