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Dad who used 9-year-old as designated driver pleads guilty to child abuse

Shawn Weimer CBS Detroit

(CBS) BROWNSTOWN TWP, Mich. - The man who used his 9-year-old daughter as a designated driver has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges.

At about 3 a.m. on October 8, police pulled Shawn Weimer's full-sized panel van over and discovered his daughter at the wheel. According to CBS Detroit, the girl asked police, "What did you stop me for? I was driving good."

The girl reportedly testified that she was driving the van because her dad had been drinking whiskey all night. Weimer told police he was teaching his daughter to drive. He was immediately arrested.

CBS Detroit reports that surveillance video from an area gas station shows Weimer telling a clerk that his daughter was his designated driver.

Weimer is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

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