As far as criminals are concerned, Amanda Eggert is an amateur. The 33-year-old Wisconsin woman's record dates back more than a decade. She's been busted for a variety of indiscretions, including weed possession, disorderly conduct, and driving without insurance. But Eggert upped her game late last month.
A 911 call came in on January 29 from a citizen of Polk County, Wisconsin, located some 50 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities. The caller reported seeing a pickup truck swerving all over the winding country roads of God's country. Within minutes, sheriff's deputy Jeff Hahn was pulling the truck over near a boat launch along the Apple River.
Hahn was floored by what he found. Eggert and her boyfriend Jason Roth were riding shotgun. The couple's 11-month-old infant was strapped into a car seat. Behind the wheel was Eggert's 9-year-old daughter, who'd apparently been enlisted to drive because the adults were too drunk.
“As the 9-year-old exited the truck, it was still running and in drive when Mr. Roth was sitting in the truck by himself,” Hahn testified in court last week. “He turned the ignition off and the truck began rolling backwards down the hill towards the river. I jumped into the truck to hit the brakes and put the truck in park.”
Roth and Eggert were beyond hammered. In one of his breath tests, Roth blew a .25 — more than three times the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin. It's unknown whether Eggert submitted to a breathalyzer, although Hahn did say she looked highly intoxicated.
Eggert has been charged with seven counts, among them felony child endangerment and battery of an emergency responder. The 36-year-old Roth has likewise been charged with child endangerment. Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
According to Polk County Jail records, Eggert and Roth remain behind bars. The two children have reportedly been placed in the care of family members.