A Pennsylvania man pulled over for drunk driving allegedly had his 8-year-old nephew on his lap steering the car.
Clarence W. Hairston, 58, allegedly denied any wrongdoing when police pulled him over Saturday. The Upper Darby man claimed he “was only letting the kids go for a drive.”
Police said they pulled over the vehicle and proceeded towards the driver’s side when the car lurched, making a series of stop and go movements before hitting a parked car, CBS Philly reported.
Authorities say when they finally spoke with Hairston he had a kid sitting on his lap and an open can of Bud Ice in his hand.
Hairston was allegedly operating the accelerator and brake pedals while the boy was steering. Another nephew, 9, was in the back seat.
Hairston was unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol, police said.
While speaking to officers Hairston suggested he was also a member of the Philadelphia Police Department and told them “it’s not right to jam up another cop.”
The Upper Darby police superintendent said it would have been safer for the 8-year-old to have been driving alone.
“I would have rather seen the kid take the car and drive away,” said Superintendent Michael Chitwood. “Not only could he have endangered those two children in the car who apparently were his nephews but he could have endangered an entire community.”
Hairston was believed to be babysitting the boys. The children were returned to their mother unharmed.
Charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and permitting unauthorized person to drive and public drunkenness, Hairston is currently being held on $15,000 cash bail.
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