18 Oct '11, 2am

US man charged with child abuse after making his daughter and 'designated driver', 9, drive him to a store

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) - A Detroit-area man had his 9-year-old daughter drive him to the store because he had apparently been drinking, police said on Monday, and surveillance video from a gas station shows him telling a clerk that his daughter was his 'designated driver'. Brownstown Township Detective Robert Grant said the girl was sitting behind the wheel in a child's booster seat before 3am on Oct 8, when an officer opened the driver's side door of the full-sized panel van her father uses for work. He said she was surprised when police pulled her over. She said to the officer, 'What did you stop me for? I was driving good', Mr Grant told the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Someone called police after spotting the pair stopped at the gas station. The caller watched the girl get in the driver's seat and pull the vehicle onto the road. She drove a coup...

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