Man lets 8-year-old cousin drive car then blames him for taking keys

An Eagan, Minn. 25-year-old let his 8-year-old cousin drive his Jeep on Monday, then tried to blame the boy for taking his keys.

According to a complaint, St. Paul police responded to a collision at Atlantic Street and Reaney Avenue in St. Paul where the driver of a Buick said she was driving southbound on Duluth Street preparing to turn eastbound on Reaney when a Jeep struck her front left bumper after making a few abrupt U-turns. She then discovered there was a child driving the Jeep.

Blake Dominic Folson, 25, was apparently in the passenger seat, according to a witness, and said he appeared to be controlling the steering wheel with his arm while the child worked the pedals.

Folson first told police that his 8-year-old cousin had taken his keys and said he failed to stop him from driving off. The 8-year-old's sister called his bluff and said he frequently allows his young cousins to get behind the wheel, and was trying to blame his cousin in the incident. The cousin told the police that he was indeed driving the car, said, "it was stupid," and then began to cry.

According to a preliminary breath test, Folson blew a .039 and admitted his initial story was untrue. The boy's mother said she wasn't aware Folson had allowed her child to drive. He has been charged with child endangerment.


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