Police: Drunk Dad Let Girl, 9, Drive
October 18, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
DETROIT, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Police in Michigan said a 9-year-old girl who was pulled over while driving for her drunken dad told officers she had been “driving good.”
Brownstown Township police said they received a call about 2:46 a.m. Oct. 8 from someone who had seen the young girl get into the driver’s seat with her father, who appeared intoxicated, in the passenger’s seat at a Citgo gas station, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.
The witness followed the vehicle until it was pulled over by an officer.
“She was doing fine,” Detective Lt. Robert Grant said. “And, in fact, as heinous as this is, the little girl looks at the police officer and says, ‘What did you stop me for? I was driving good.’ Incredible. Obviously, the officer told her she was too young to drive.”
Shawn Weimer, 39, of Brownstown Township was arrested on charges of felony second-degree child abuse and misdemeanor fourth-degree child abuse. He was also charged with being a habitual offender.
Weimer, who the girl said had been drinking whiskey all night, told officers he was teaching his daughter to drive.
“He was argumentative with us, that it was his right to teach his daughter how to drive,” Grant said.
Weimer, who refused a breath test, has previous convictions for receiving and concealing stolen property, unarmed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm. He was also convicted of operating while impaired by liquor in an October 2007 crash in Wyandotte, Mich.