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Daughter Calls 911 From Car: 'I Think My Dad Is Drunk'

| by Kit Bryer

The desperate terror in one little girl's voice as she tearfully sought help from a 911 dispatcher is undeniably heartbreaking.

The frightened 9-year-old made the call on Feb. 5 while her father, 36-year-old Wesley Charles Burgner, drove her and her little sister to Burgner’s parents’ home, according to ABC News.

Police said the journey was from Atlanta to St. Simons Island, Georgia, and Burgner had been drinking the entire way. It's about a four-hour trip between the two places.

Burgner’s young daughter began to fear for her life and finally called the police.

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"I’m a kid and I think my dad is drunk," Burgner’s daughter told the 911 dispatcher. "I know my dad is drunk, and he is the only one driving, and I think I’m going to get into a wreck." 

Police searched for the vehicle during the 911 call, which lasted more than 15 minutes, while Burgner continued to drive, despite the vocal discomfort of his daughter.

"He’s driving really fastly ... I don’t know where I am right now," she told the dispatcher before begging her father to pull over.

"Daddy, stop the friggin car!" she pleaded. "Stop the car! Pull over somewhere!"

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The dispatcher had trouble understanding the young girl several times during the call because she was too distraught to speak clearly. After she calmed down, she remembered her grandparents’ home address, where police later caught up with and arrested Burgner.

“I don’t want my daddy to go to jail,” she cried over the phone. 

Police reported that Burgner admitted he had been driving while intoxicated.  

Neither of the children in the car at the time was physically harmed during the incident, the New York Post reports. Burgner is being held on charges of DUI, endangering the welfare of a child by driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a suspended license.

Sources: ABC News, New York Post / Photo credit: James Palinsad/Flickr

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