VERMILION, OH - Two parents have been charged with child endangerment after police say they had their 15-year-old drive them to Cedar Point - while they were in the car legally intoxicated.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled a mini-van over on State Route 2 shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday morning for speeding. When the trooper asked for the driver's information, he discovered that the male was 15 and didn't have a license or even a driver's learning permit.
The driver's mother, father and 12-year-old sister were also in the van, with the father in the passenger seat next to the 15-year-old.
The trooper noticed "obvious signs of impairment" with the parents and gave them a portable breath test. The father, Timothy McCoy of Reynoldsburg, tested at .184% alcohol content and the mother, Michelle Kirk, also of Reynoldsburg, tested at .265%. The legal limit for blood alcohol in Ohio is .08%.
The family said that they had been driving to Cedar Point, had left early in the morning with their 15-year-old driving, and had gotten lost and had been driving all night. Police report that the teen drove all the way from Columbus to Vermilion before they stopped the van.
The parents were placed into custody and the family was taken to the Ohio State Patrol post in Sandusky. A grandmother came to pick the children up.
McCoy was charged with child endangerment and was taken to the Erie County Jail. Kirk was charged with child endangerment and wrongful entrustment of a vehicle. She was released with her children when her mother arrived to pick them up.
Both parents will be in court on July 5th. Children Services in Columbus was notified about the incident and will be given a copy of the report.