posted on May 9th, 2012 by Dustin at 4:54 pm (EST) with 17 Comments
Pop quiz, hot shot: While getting drunk, you run out of alcohol and need to make a trip to the liquor store, but there’s no babysitter available to watch your kids. Do you A) call a friend and have them bring you booze, B) go to bed disappointed, or C) pile your kids into the car and drive drunk to the store?
If you answered “C,” then you’ve almost recreated Aaron S. Stefanski’s Monday night. All that’s left to do is strap the four kids to the hood of your car in the liquor store parking lot and get arrested for DUI and felony neglect while driving home. You read that correctly.
A witness near the liquor store called police after he saw Stefanski and a woman secure the kids to the hood of his car with a tow strap and then drive away.
A nearby U.S. Marshall spotted the vehicle and pulled it over after intercepting the police call with his radio. He immediately recognized Stefanski’s vehicle by the four children strapped to the hood.
The children, ages 4, 5, 6, and 7, were unharmed. According to reports, the three youngest kids were Stefanski’s and the eldest was the daughter of the woman that he was arrested with.
Stefanski allegedly told police that he thought the kids would enjoy the ride, and that he was only going to drive around the corner. His blood alcohol level was 0.17 — more than twice the legal limit in Indiana.
Both Stefanski and his female accomplice were arrested. Stefanski was charged with three felony counts of neglect of a dependent, felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and four misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness. The woman faces a felony neglect charge and her child was turned over to the state. Stefanski’s three kids were turned over to their mother.
A man with 0.17 BAC shouldn’t be driving, but should still be coherent enough to realize that the best (read: least obvious) way to make room for the booze would be to cram the kids in the trunk.
Stefanski’s Facebook profile can be viewed HERE. Troll away.