Most persons accused of drunk driving are behind the wheel when police stop their vehicle. An unusual variation on this theme occurred in York County when a 12-year-old boy was spotted driving a car while his allegedly inebriated father was in the passenger seat.
A motorist called 911 to report that the car he was trailing almost caused two accidents. The caller then described the following interaction with the driver of the erratically driven car. When the motorist pulled even with the vehicle, he saw that a boy was driving the car. The motorist called to the boy, “How old are you?” The boy answered “Uh, 12.” The boy also offered the opinion that his father was lying drunk in the passenger seat.
Police stopped the vehicle and administered a roadside sobriety test to the father. The father was then arrested and charged with impaired driving and child endangerment.
The next steps
At the time of this writing, the defendant has not been arraigned and has not entered a plea to the two charges against him. At that hearing, the court will set an amount for a bail bond if the man wants to be released. If the man pleads not guilty, the case will proceed to trial, unless an appropriate plea agreement is reached.
The defendant in this case is facing serious criminal charges. If convicted, he could lose his driving privileges, be required to pay a significant fine, and face a significant period of incarceration.
Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the facts, an estimate of the likelihood of acquittal, and assistance in negotiating an appropriate plea agreement.