Drunk Dad Accused of Forcing Young Girl to Drive

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A Detroit father is accused of forcing his nine-year-old daughter to drive his van because he was drunk.

The incident was captured on video. At around 3 a.m., a red van pulled up to a CITGO gas station. A surveillance camera caught a man admitting he's drunk and his 9-year old daughter is his designated driver.

"Nine years old. Nine! Gas, break. listen, we're leaving. And she's driving. I'm drunk," the man said.

The man appeared to be very intoxicated, and was seen on the video dancing to the van.

"I was definitely very upset about it the fact that someone would allow their daughter to be driving them around when they're under the influence," said Albert Abbas, the gas station owner.

Abbas called 911.

"Just watched a van pull out of the Citgo gas station. A seven-year-old girl was driving it, and her dad is drunk and he's in the passenger," he said on the 911 recording.

Police finally caught up to the van and that's when they learned something else. This wasn't the little girl's first time as her dad's designated driver.

"She explained to me that he did let her drive before, operate the vehicle. But on this night, she indicated he was drinking whiskey and, for whatever reason, instead of the little girl being in bed at 3 a.m., he decided to go for a ride after drinking," Lt. Robert Grant said.

Sitting in a booster seat, the little girl asked the officer why she was being stopped, saying she thought her driving was pretty good.

The father is facing felony child abuse charges.

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