An 11-year-old boy led police on a chase that
reached speeds of more than 160 kilometres an hour, leading to
charges for him and his parents, who are accused of letting him
drive for months, state police said.
Leona Calloway, 32, and Rodney Brown, 46, were charged with
improper supervision of a minor and allowing an unlicensed minor to
drive. Officials booked the boy, who was not identified because of
his age, with felony flight from an officer, reckless driving,
speeding, passing on the shoulder, improper lane usage and having no
Neither the parents nor the boy were jailed, and the child was
released to the custody of an aunt, said state police spokesman
The chase started at 6:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 310 on the
outskirts of New Orleans when a state trooper recorded a sport
utility vehicle going 130 km/h in a 100-km/h zone, Piglia said.
The trooper turned on his lights and siren and tried to stop the
driver, but the boy accelerated, passing several other vehicles on
the shoulder and forcing cars off the road, according to state
Finally, the boy turned off the interstate and drove to a Burger
King restaurant where his mother worked.
State police said the boy was driving home to Boutte from a
hospital in Kenner after dropping off his disabled father for an
appointment. He had been driving his father around for six months,