Drunk dad allowed 9-year-old daughter to drive van

October 18, 2011 12:44:23 PM PDT
A Michigan man is being ordered to stay away from his 9-year-old daughter after admitting to letting her drive his van because he was drunk. The incident happened October 8 at 3:00 in the morning at a gas station. It was caught on a surveillance camera.

A witness alerted police that a little girl was pulling up next to the pumps with her dad in the seat beside her. Police followed the vehicle and found the girl driving on a booster seat.

"She indicated that he was drinking whiskey and, for whatever reason, instead of the little girl being in bed at 3:00 a.m., he decided to go for a ride after drinking," said Brownstone Township Lt. Robert Grant.

The father is facing felony child abuse charges. The girl was turned over to her grandmother after police couldn't find her mom.


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