Man who allowed daughter, 9, to drive enters plea

AP News
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 5:04 PM
Man who allowed daughter, 9, to drive enters plea

A suburban Detroit man has entered guilty pleas to allegations that he let his 9-year-old daughter drive him around because he had been drinking.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 39-year-old Shawn Weimer pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree child abuse and allowing an unlicensed minor to operate a motor vehicle.

Weimer was arrested Oct. 8 when police pulled over his van and found the girl behind the wheel near their home.

Surveillance video from a Brownstown Township gas station shows Weimer bragging about her driving skills.

The girl testified last month that her father drank a half bottle of whiskey the night they were pulled over and that she agreed to drive but felt a "little scared."

Weimer is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 23 in Wayne County Circuit Court.