Drunk Dad Who Used Nine-Year-Old Daughter As Designated Driver Not Going To Jail

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The Michigan father whose drunkenly made his nine-year-old daughter serve as designated driver during a late-night convenience store run last October will not be serving jail time for charges related to the bizarre incident.

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Shawn Weimer was sentenced to two years of probation today after pleading guilty in December to felony charges of child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of allowing his hugely underaged daughter to drive his GMC van. He faced a maximum of four years in prison, but Wayne County Circuit Judge Margie Braxton instructed Weimer to avoid alcohol, get a job, and get his life straightened out instead.

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Among the judge's explicit instructions regarding Weimer's parole: "And you're not to let the child drive any motor vehicles unless she's duly licensed and duly insured."

It's a bad sign if you need a judge to tell you that.

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When I was 12 my mom and I were at the grocery store when she started to not feel well (she was on a new medicine and it apparently wasnt reacting well with her). We got back to the car and she passed out. I moved her to the back seats in the minivan, hoped in the driver seat and took off. I had never been in the driver seat before but we made it to the hospital and she was ok.

What I'm saying is that I am immune to the law.