Dad let 9-year-old drive, police say
October 18, 2011 by staff
Dad let 9-year-old drive, police say, A father in a suburb of Detroit is facing charges of child abuse after making his daughter 9 years old, will take you to a service station because he was too drunk to take the wheel, police said.
The output was captured on surveillance videotape from the station, which shows the van pulling up to the station around 3 am on October 8, and the man, identified as 39-year-old Shawn Weimer, walking with his daughter.
“Nine years old. Nine! Gas, rest, listen, we’re going, and driving is. I’m drunk,” can be heard telling a clerk in the store.
Weimer was arrested after police in Brownstown Township, southwest of Detroit, were alerted by a call to 911.
“A 7 year old is driving and her father is drunk and is in the passenger side,” the caller said that he saw the girl get in the driver’s seat in the station and take the vehicle the road, a 911 dispatcher.
“Are you sure the conduct of the child, sir?” The dispatcher asks the caller.
When police stopped the car a few miles later, they were surprised to see the girl actually sits behind the wheel, in a booster seat, but still able to operate gas and brake van.
They were even more surprised at 9 years old, is the reaction.
“She looks at the uniformed police officer and says, ‘What stops me? I was driving good,’” said Detective Lt. Robert Grant Brownstown.
The girl later told detectives that was not the first time her father had to serve as his designated driver.
“She told me that he left her unit before,” said Grant. “On this night, he said, he was drinking whiskey and, for some reason, instead of the girl is in bed at 3 am, decided to take a walk after drinking.”
Weimer officials describe as “argumentative” in saying he was teaching his daughter to drive.
Weimer and mother of the child are separated and was going to spend the weekend with him.
He refused a breathalyzer test and was arrested, said Grant.
Weimer was accused of child abuse, second and fourth degree felony and a misdemeanor for the October 8 incident.
He was also accused of being a habitual offender criminal record for unarmed robbery, possession of a firearm and felony receiving stolen property. He could face 15 years in prison if convicted.
Weimer was also ordered to have no contact with his daughter, now back in the custody of her mother.
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