WOODHAVEN, Mich. -

A judge has agreed to postpone until next month a key court hearing for a Detroit-area man accused of having his 9-year-old daughter drive him to a convenience store in the middle of the night.

Shawn Weimer is charged with child abuse and being a habitual offender. A judge in Woodhaven district court on Tuesday ordered the 39-year-old defendant not to have contact with his daughter or anyone under age 18.

Police in Brownstown Township said Weimer had been drinking when he had his daughter get behind the wheel of a red van he uses for work. Surveillance video shows Weimer bragging to a clerk about his daughter's driving ability on Oct. 8.

Weimer's lawyer, Michelle Aaron, said she's "going to make sure" her client's rights are protected. Weimer declined to comment after his hearing. But Weimer had friends in the courtroom who were vocal about their support for him.

"It would have been worse if he got in the vehicle and drove while he was intoxicated with his child in the car," said friend Jill Thiel.

Weimer and the girl's mother are separated.

Weimer has a drunken driving conviction in 2007 out of Wyandotte.

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