Parents of 11-year-old speed racer sentenced to weekend in jail, probation

The parents of an 11-year-old boy that led police on a high speed chase on Oct. 5 each received six months in prison for allowing the child to use the car to run errands and drive his disabled father around town.

Rodney Brown, 46, and Leona Calloway, 32, pled guilty to improper supervision and allowing an unlicensed driver to drive. Their six month sentence was suspended and they were placed on one-year active probation and ordered to spend a weekend in jail. The sentence is to run concurrent on each charge.

“In light of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Brown’s health, I believe that the sentence handed down was appropriate,” District Attorney Harry J. Morel, Jr. said.

The chase originally began on the morning of Oct. 5 at 6:30 a.m. as State Police were conducting speed enforcement on I-310 near Airline Highway. The police radar soon picked up a 1996 Jeep SUV traveling 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. The Jeep refused to stop, and at one time, the driver of the vehicle went over 100 mph in an attempt to outrun the pursuit.

After passing several other cars using the shoulder of the road, the driver eventually turned westbound on US 90 and stopped in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. At that time, the boy got out of the car and ran inside calling for his mother.

In other news, a 33-year-old Luling man was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail after he pled guilty to second-degree battery charges.

Hermilio Duran, III, was arrested on Oct. 2 for punching a victim in the face, causing that victim to sustain a fractured orbital bone. Duran was originally booked with simple battery, but after looking at the crime, the District Attorney’s Office decided to charge Duran with second-degree battery, which is battery committed when the offender intentionally inflicts serious bodily harm.


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