Chicken-Fried News: License to thrive 

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At age 12, we here at Chicken-Fried News wanted nothing more than to learn how to drive. The freedom! The excitement! The access to Taco Bell!

The same holds true for children in Midwest City, one of whom was “living the dream” before he started “living the nightmare.”

A 12-year-old boy was arrested on complaint of driving without a license while he took a drunk family friend home from the bar. Latricia Arnold, 44, was arrested on complaints of child endangerment, driving under the influence and allowing an unauthorized person to drive after the truck she was riding in took a corner too fast and plowed into a natural gas meter. The car was driven by the minor because, according to KOCO.com, Arnold was “too drunk to drive.”

The boy was arrested on a complaint of driving without a license and was taken to the Community Intervention Center.

Witnesses stopped Arnold from pulling away before police arrived by taking the keys out of the ignition, and Arnold reportedly said, “I know I am drunk. I am just working hard and drinking.”

These words never ring as true as they do on a Wednesday morning at CFN headquarters. If only we had a staff of middle school chauffeurs who could drive us to our next meeting.


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