Dad who let girl, 9, drive may plead out

Nov. 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM

DETROIT, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A Detroit-area man charged with getting his 9-year-old daughter to drive him to a store because he was drunk may plead guilty, his lawyer says.

Shawn Weimer entered a not guilty plea to child abuse Tuesday, The Detroit News reported. But David Steingold, his lawyer, said Weimer does not want his daughter to have to testify again.

"It's very likely that if he took a plea even to the felony, he would end up with a probationary sentence," Steingold said.

"More important to Shawn is it would keep his daughter out of the public spotlight."

Weimer's arrest Oct. 8 in Brownstone became international news. Earlier this month, his daughter testified at a preliminary hearing, describing her father drinking Black Velvet whiskey before they drove to a gas station.

Weimer has only been allowed supervised visits with his daughter since his arrest.

Steingold said Weimer will have to decide before another hearing set for Dec. 20 whether he will take a plea, the Detroit Free Press said.

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