Police: Drunk Man Let 12-Year-Old Son Drive

Tampa Police have arrested a man they say sat drunk in the passenger seat of his SUV while he let his 12-year-old son drive.

Authorities say the boy hit a pregnant woman's car while making a turn.

Both vehicles had minor damage Saturday. No injuries were reported, but the woman asked to be taken to a hospital as a precaution. She was eight months pregnant.

Police say the boy's father, 32-year-old Adrian Kegler, was clearly intoxicated. He wasn't given a breathalyzer test because he wasn't driving.

Before being released on bail, Kegler was charged with culpable negligence with actual injury. Kegler also was charged with permitting an unauthorized person to drive and child neglect.

A woman who answered the phone at Kegler's house declined comment.


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  • by Luther Location: Havelock on May 29, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    I did this when I was 9 years old. Many times. Till this day, I have never had a moving violation ticket. I have never had an accident. I am 62 years old.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Don't drink and drive, don't drink and let the kid drive, kinda damned if you do, damned if you don't. lol
  • by Tiff_Tiff Location: L-dub..2 Satan on May 29, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    well im guessing they didnt need to give him one..bc you know..if it smells like a drunk, talks like a drunk, and walks like drunk..then usually it is a drunk.
  • by Satan on May 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    If the kid from indian jones can drive with a couple phone books and blocks of wood, I say this kid can too. In addition, how do they know he was drunk if they didn't give him a breathalyzer?
  • by Z Location: Jacksonville on May 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    While this guy is a moron at least he didn't drive. Can you imagine what would have happened to the lady if he was driving and hit her? He might have killed her and her unborn child plus his own kid! this guy belongs in the stupid poeple line for sure but maybe near the end of the line. Not the dumbest thing I've heard this week.
  • by To Old Gregg on May 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    Could you explain what your comment is supposed to mean..I don't get it..Are you refering to her going into labor or what?
  • by sarah f. Location: fayetteville, nc on May 29, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Ya know, when you read stuff like this it really makes you speechless.
  • by Old Gregg Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    I think a 12 year-old boy has as much right to drive as a woman that's 8 months pregnant.
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