Our scum-of-the-Earth scale has a special slot near the top for parents who mistreat their children. We aren't interested in the psychology behind decisions like placing your nine-year-old daughter behind the wheel of your full-size van for a 3 a.m. run to the local convenience store. We just know the behavior is beyond unacceptable. That didn't stop one Detroit-area father from doing just that. The man was recorded bragging that he had been drinking and that his daughter had served as his designated driver for the trip to the store. He then said he was leaving and that his daughter would once again drive him home.

Surprisingly enough, no one at the convenience store bothered to try and stop the man.

Police later received a call from a concerned driver who spotted the youngster at the van's controls. An officer stopped the van, but the father refused a breathalyzer at the time. He has since been charged with second- and fourth-degree child abuse. The bottom line here is that what you do with your own life is your concern, but endangering a child with your own stupidity is the sort of act that deserves far worse than incarceration. Hit the jump to see an AP report on the incident.



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      Robert Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Starsky and Hutch-themed paint job; not A-Team. FWIW.
      sonicpunk32
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, a man, in a windowless van, with a 9 year old girl, at a gas station, at 3am in the morning.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      Plesae, Please change the title to "Starsky and Hutch" van. Or just "douche van" will work.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I pitty the fool.
      eat 2 compete
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I was 9yrs old and my parents let me drive, I would of missed the bus every single day in fourth grade
      bman78
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow. what an idiot. I can't believe he was bragging to the clerks at the gas station.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      "act that deserves far worse than incarceration." Very stupid to let someone drive 6 years before it's legal, but deserving of a punishment far worse than incarceration? That sounds a tad on the harsh side. What exactly did you have in mind?
        maxpain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        maybe in US ppl will have hoo-ha when they see this, but if you teach the kid how to drive early, the kid will be able to drive anyway, right? Just like karate lesson. I learnt how to drive at the age of 10 somewhere in another country. Why 10? because i was busy learning how to ride a bike when i was 9. I was driving well at the age of 11. Drove without a license for 8 yrs. =)
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Youngest I ever drove was when I was 12, going 100 mph in a freeway.
      Phillip McCarthy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, but I'd say that's the Starsky & Hutch paint job.
        Legione13
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Phillip McCarthy
        You are correct. It's a Starsky & Hutch paint job, although it's probably worth pointing out that Starsky & Hutch never had a van painted like that. I think their car was a Gran Torino.
      William J
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this a legal traffic stop or an abuse of police power? Stay tuned.
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @William J
        Pretty sure any police officer would pull over a nine yr old every time.
        Gubbins
        • 3 Years Ago
        @William J
        Abuse? Where? A child is driving--enough right there. How stupid a question is that?
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Youngest I ever drove was when I was 12, going 100 mph in a freeway.
      dinobot666
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, he's teaching his kid some responsibility... in the worst possible way ever.
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