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13-year-old pulled over for serving as designated driver for drunken Missouri dad

David Mooneyham was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and permitting an underage person to drive.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM   |   Comments

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FORISTELL, Mo., April 23 (UPI) -- A Missouri dad is facing charges after police pulled over his 13-year-old son on Saturday night after they observed a pickup truck swerving on Interstate 70 eastbound.

David Mooneyham, who was in the passenger seat, had asked the boy to act as his designated driver because he was drunk. It was the teen’s first time driving.

“He thought he had a drunk driver,” Police Chief Douglas G. Johnson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “When the officer asked the driver for his license, he said, ‘I don’t have one.’ Instead the passenger handed over his license and registration.”

The 46-year-old drank too much at his son’s baseball game, so he asked him to drive.

Mooneyham refused to do field sobriety tests, but he did register a BAC of 0.139 percent during a breath sample, nearly double the legal limit. He was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and permitting an underage person to drive.

“His closing comment was: ‘I guess this makes me a bad father,’” Johnson said.

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