A Rhode Island dad is out of jail on $250,000 bond today after his 10-year-old son called 911 to report that his father was driving drunk and speeding. The boy, whose 12-year-old sister was also in the vehicle, told the 911 dispatcher that he was so scared he was thinking of jumping out of the car.
Moments after his son placed the emergency call for help Wednesday night, Owen Gilman, 49, of Warwick, R.I., rammed his 2007 Mercedes Benz C230 into the rear of a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Interstate 95 in Stonington, Conn., putting the Jeep’s driver in the hospital and inflicting minor injuries his own two kids.
Gilman himself was unhurt.
Connecticut State Police busted Gilman after he failed a field sobriety check and, upon inspecting his car, they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia lying out in the open.
Gilman’s 10-year-old son had a laceration to his head as well as bruises, while his sister suffered bruises, Gilman’s ex-wife Jacqueline said. But she wouldn’t say anything about her ex-husband’s actions when the New London, Conn., newspaper The Day reached her.
Michael Pernick, 23, of Marston Mills, Mass., was behind the wheel of the Jeep struck by Gilman’s Mercedes. He was hospitalized in fair condition. The crash knocked Pernick’s vehicle 50 feet off the highway and down an embankment where the Jeep flipped over.
Gilman now faces a number of charges, including reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to drive at a reasonable distance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and two counts each of risk of injury to a minor and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle.
A bystander, Will Jenkins of Groton, Conn., said that Gilman told him he was driving home to Rhode Island from a Red Sox game.
“Buddy, you’re going the wrong way,” Jenkins replied.