Father makes 9-year-old son drive on beer run

I’ve always said I would never have kids, partially because I don’t think I could handle the responsibility, but mostly because they, like a raging case of impotence, would encroach on my Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

However, After reading this CBS News article I realize I’ve been assessing the burden a child bears on his or her father without acknowledging the benefits, and I need to be more optimistic:

(AP) – Authorities in southwest Florida say an intoxicated man had his 9-year-old son take him on a beer run. Cape Coral police arrested the 27-year-old man last week, after seeing a pickup truck drive onto a median.

When officers stopped the truck, the man told them he was teaching his son to drive. Officers say the father’s speech was slurred, his breath smelled of alcohol and he unable to stand without swaying. Police said an open case of Budweiser beer was in the backseat.

The man was charged with cruelty toward a child and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive. He was released from jail on $2,000 bond. The man did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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