Probation for dad who let girl, 9, drive

Feb. 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

DETROIT, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A Detroit man has been sentenced to two years of probation for letting his 9-year-old daughter drive his van while he was intoxicated, officials said.

Shawn Weimer pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse and allowing an unlicensed minor to operate a motor vehicle in exchange for no jail time, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Thursday. A misdemeanor child-abuse charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement, The Detroit News said.

"I'd just like to say I'm sorry for all the trouble I caused," Weimer told Wayne County Circuit Judge Margie Braxton, WDIV reported.

Gas station surveillance video showed Weimer's daughter pulling up to a gas station early on the morning of Oct. 8. Inside the store, the camera picked up Weimer telling the clerk that his daughter was his designated driver. Police stopped the two shortly after the girl pulled the van out of the gas station, the News said.

In addition to probation, Weimer must pay $500 in court fines and continue to wear an alcohol-monitoring tether. Since the incident, he has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous and parenting classes.

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