Douglas County prosecutors have filed two aggravated child endangerment charges against a 49-year-old Lawrence woman who let a 13-year-old drive a car that struck a telephone pole in North Lawrence.
Lori Jane Huske was arrested Wednesday morning on a warrant in the case, and Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Huske was charged with recklessly placing two children, ages 7 and 13, in danger.
Lawrence police said the crash occurred about 5 p.m. July 14 near North Second and Lyons streets. Officers said Huske allowed the 13-year-old to take the wheel as they traveled there from Jefferson County, apparently to learn how to drive. A 7-year-old child was also inside the vehicle.
As they entered Lawrence, the plan was to switch back so Huske could drive in town, but as they were pulling into a parking lot, the car struck the pole. All three occupants were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Huske posted $1,000 bond Wednesday and was given notice to appear in court Aug. 28.