Fort Wayne you say? Nothing to see here. Move along....
A Fort Wayne father is facing charges after he drove drunk with four children strapped to the hood of his car, police said.
Witnesses called 911 Monday night after they spotted a man and woman pull out of a liquor store parking lot with four children tied down with tow straps.
"They were strapped down with one of those straps you crank on a semi to hold down lumber. They were strapped with that thing, wiggling and wobbling down the street," said witness Tom Nowak.
The children -- 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old -- told WPTA-TV that the adults asked if they wanted to ride on the hood of the car and they thought it would be fun.
The man, who is the father of three of the children, was arrested on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated.
Witnesses said he told police, "It was only 20 feet," and acted as if it were a joke.
The woman, who is the mother of one of the children, was taken into police custody.
The ex-wife of the man who was driving the car came to the scene. She told WPTA that she was "livid and in shock" and that she would be asking for full custody.
do you really need to know how this is different? you sound serious.
i will ignore dirty looks from people who think i'm retarded to go down the driveway with my kids in a pickup bed, or when i don't make a huge frikkin deal if my kids unbuckle or open the door before the vehicle comes to an absolute complete stop in the car line. they can have a ride on the tractor or in the leaf trailer too. and yes, the convertible thing. my dad didn't seem to mind, and i have been only minimally concussed. (none of the above.)
turning them into screaming chickens with a tow strap while drunk on PUBLIC lands? please put me in jail before you see me attempt something like that.
Not saying it is not illegal, just not that big of a deal.
My uncle once towed me around the neighborhood at 4 am on a toboggan in January, but he wasn't drunk at the time. We were delivering papers and he thought it was a brilliant idea to save time from getting in and out of the car. I thought I was going to die from carbon monoxide poisoning because of the exhaust fumes blasting me in the face.
20 feet -- before he was stopped. i mean, he did go to the trouble of strapping them up.
any different combination of these factors -- in his backyard, one kid at a time, no alcohol or liquor store involvement -- might be goofy hijinks that the kids get a kick out of. but this combination -- and i think mainly the tie strap -- shows a really disturbed brain at the helm.
this is ridiculous...what point have people gotten to? how do you even do something like that, to kids? wow....not to mention that hood could have gotten really hot and burnt them..