Drunk Man Sits in Driver's Seat as 8-Year-Old Nephew Steers Moving Car: Police

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    A Delaware County man is facing charges after police say he was drunk behind the wheel while his 8-year-old nephew steered the vehicle. Police say his 9-year-old nephew was also in the backseat. (Published Monday, Aug 25, 2014)

    A Delaware County man is behind bars after police say he was drunk behind the wheel while his 8-year-old nephew was steering the car.

    Clarence Hairston, 58, was stopped by police officers in Upper Darby around 3 p.m. Saturday after his vehicle was spotted in the middle of the street blocking traffic near Guilford and Copley Roads.

    Police say his vehicle was making several “stop and go” movements and nearly struck a parked car.

    When police officers approached the vehicle, they say they found Hairston in the driver’s seat drunk and with a beer in his hand. Hairston’s 8-year-old nephew was sitting in his lap holding onto the steering wheel while Hairston stepped on the gas and brake pedals, according to investigators. Police also say Hairston’s 9-year-old nephew was sitting in the backseat.

    According to investigators, Hairston was supposed to be babysitting both boys at the time of the incident.

    Hairston allegedly fell down twice as he tried to step out of his vehicle. Police also say he had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol.

    None of the children were hurt in the incident. Hairston was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and other related offenses.