An Oregon man may be a contender for the bad father of the year award after allegedly letting his young son take the wheel when he had a few too many.
An Oregon State Police trooper pulled over a GMC Envoy near The Dalles, Ore., about 10:45 a.m. Sunday after observing the vehicle weaving between lanes with its hazard lights flashing. At one point, the car also stopped in the middle of the road.
When the trooper approached the driver’s side window, he was shocked to see a 10-year-old sitting behind the steering wheel and his 34-year-old father in the passenger seat. The man had allegedly been steering while his son operated the brakes and accelerator.
After the trooper observed several open containers of alcohol at the father’s feet and in the back seat, he was placed under arrest.
The man’s drink of choice: Bud Light and Clamato Chelada — a 24-ounce concoction of Budweiser and Clamato tomato juice. A six pack was recovered from the vehicle— at least five of which were open.
After police called the suspect’s wife to come and pick up her son, they determined she had come to the scene without a valid driver’s license. A family friend finally arrived on the scene and drove the boy and his mother home.
The suspect was booked into the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility for investigation of DUI, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.