6-Year-Old Drives After Mom Smokes “That Stinky Stuff”

Baby, you can drive my car

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A Coatesville mother made her 6-year-old daughter drive a car because “[mom] was sleepy” after smoking “that stinky stuff,” according to police.

The 30-year-old mother was arrested Sunday at about 4:20 p.m. after police saw the child driving a Dodge Durango station wagon at South Fourth Avenue and Walnut Street.

Officer Robert Keetch said he had to do a double take after seeing the little girl driving. "There were two white knuckles and a little head popping over the stearing wheel," he said.

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The woman, Lakisha Hogue, was sitting in the passenger seat, laughing, when a patrol officer pulled her over, said police. Hogue told the Officer Keetch that she was teaching her daughter how to drive.

"Mom made me drive because she was sleepy," the girl told police.

Then police say the aunt asked her niece, "Was your mom smoking that stinky stuff again?" The girl replied "yes," say police.

Hogue is being held in Chester County Prison on child endangerment, corruption of a minor and reckless endangerment charges. She will not be charged with driving under the influence because she was not the person driving the car. 

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