Police say a Detroit-area man had his 9-year-old daughter drive him to the store because he had apparently been drinking.
Brownstown Township Detective Lt. Robert Grant said Monday the girl was sitting behind the wheel in a child's booster seat before 3 a.m. on Oct. 8 when an officer opened the driver's side door of the full-sized panel van her father uses for work.
The girl reportedly said to the officer: "What did you stop me for? I was driving good."
Someone called police after spotting the pair stopped at a gas station. The caller watched the girl get in the driver's seat and pull the vehicle onto the road.
911 dispatch: Is the vehicle staying on the road?
Caller: Yes. She's driving pretty good. I'm telling you, I can't believe it.
The father, 39-year-old Shawn Weimer, was arrested. He told officers he was teaching his daughter to drive.
Surveillance video from a Citgo gas station on Telegraph Road shows Weimer explaining to the clerk that his daughter was his designated driver for the night.
The man's explanation can be heard on audio from the gas station surveillance.
"I got, I got a designated driver," he said. "Nine years old. Nine! Dad, drinking. Listen, we're leaving, and she's driving."
Weimer said his daughter is a good driver and that she was driving him around because he was drunk.
"She drives us here. I swear to you. Nine years old. In the truck. We're here. She drove all the way here."
The girl can be heard on the video saying "And I parked."
Weimer is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. He is expected to face two counts of child abuse and a habitual offender charge.
Police said Weimer said he had every right to teach his daughter how to drive.
A clerk who works at the gas station, who was not working at the time, said he had seen the man drunk before. He did say, however, it was the first time he'd ever seen the 9-year-old girl.