ADELANTO (CBS) — An Inland Empire man faces felony charges of child endangerment after he allegedly let an 11-year-old boy drive alone on a freeway.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 911 calls Sunday about a reckless driver on highway U.S Highway 395 and Interstate 15 near Adelanto.
They stopped the vehicle and found an 11-year-old boy alone behind the wheel. The vehicle belongs to Terry Varner.
Police say he asked the boy to drive the car while he drove another. Varner is the boyfriend of the child’s mother. Off-camera, she told CBS2 News that she was pretty upset.
“I got a phone call from the Sheriff’s Department… Regrettable, a very ignorant decision, a very stupid decision,” she said.
The boy was released back into his mother’s custody, while Varner’s bail was set at a $100,000.