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Drunk dad uses nine-year-old daughter as designated driver

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Shawn Weimer needed a trip to a Detroit area gas station and convenience store at 3 a.m. last week, but knew he was too drunk to drive his GMC Safari. So he enlisted the nearest designated driver: His 9-year-old daughter, who used a booster seat to see and steer.

Weimer, 39, was arrested last week after another motorist saw the girl driving and called 911. Police later found this surveillance video from the convenience store, where Weimer brags about his chauffeur as she enjoys a late-night candy apple: "I got, I got a designated driver. Nine years old. Nine! Dad's drinking. Listen, we're leaving, and she's driving."


"She drove all the way here," he adds, to which the girl pipes up: "And I parked."

Weimer, a plumber, now faces charges of second- and fourth-degree child abuse, and extra criminal bonus points for prior convictions. But he didn't get a DUI.