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Drunk French dad gets son, 12, to drive home

Oliver Gee · 19 May 2015, 12:36

Published: 19 May 2015 12:36 GMT+02:00

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The actions of one Frenchman means he is unlikely to win any father of the year awards any time soon.
Realizing he was too drunk to drive, the 41-year-old father thought the next best option to getting behind the wheel himself would be to ask his 12-year-old son to drive him home.
The police pulled over his vehicle on Saturday night in the Loiret departement in central France, reported the Nice-Matin newspaper
Inside, they found a 12-year-old boy behind the wheel accompanied by his worse-for-wear father slumped in the passenger seat.
The father admitted that he had called in the family favour after realizing he had had too much to drink, with police measuring his blood/alcohol content at almost 0.2 percent - meaning he was almost four times over the legal driving limit. France's legal blood alcohol content for driving is 0.05 percent.
Exactly why he asked his pre-teen son to do the favour and not someone a little older, like a taxi driver for example, remains unclear.
But his request has landed his son in trouble with the law.
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The son is under investigation on the suspicion of driving without a licence and his father for various driving offences.
The police noted, on the plus side, that the boy appeared to have mastered the finer points of driving, and had even indicated correctly when pulling over to the side of the road.
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