Mom sentenced for letting son, 7, drive

August 7, 2009 4:20:33 AM PDT
An Alaska woman who let her 7-year-old son drive while she was passed out drunk in the passenger seat has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.

District Court Judge Raymond Funk also sentenced 37-year-old Karen Koch to three years of be on probation and six months of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Koch pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge of allowing an unauthorized person to drive. She has three previous convictions for drunken driving and did not speak at Wednesday's court hearing.

A neighbor called troopers in May after seeing a young boy driving a car with a passenger passed out.