04 Dec '11, 6am
US man who let 9-year-old daughter drive him around after he had been drinking admits it was a 'mistake'
BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) - A suburban Detroit man said letting his 9-year-old daughter drive him around after he had been drinking was a bad idea that grew out of good memories from his youth. Shawn Weimer, who faces trial on a felony child abuse charge, said he made a mistake in asking his daughter to drive in the early morning of Oct 8. But the 39-year-old thought of the driving he did at her age on a nine hectare) farm and around the junkyard his family owned. 'It's just something that I experienced when I was a kid that I shared with my daughter,' Weimer told the Detroit Free Press for a story published on Saturday. Police arrested Weimer after pulling over the van and finding his daughter behind the wheel near their home. Surveillance video from a Brownstown Township gas station shows Weimer bragging about her driving skills.