....didn't everybody's grandparents play with the grand kids?
(courtesy of the Austin Daily Herald)
An Austin man faces criminal charges for allegedly driving around his yard drunk while his 7-year-old grandson hung onto the roof.
Robert Wayne Christgau, 56, was charged Friday with driving while intoxicated, child neglect and child endangerment — all gross misdemeanors.
He is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 3.
According to a criminal complaint, Mower County deputies were dispatched to Christgau’s 1606 10th Drive SE residence on Thursday evening.
A witness had seen Christgau driving circles around the yard with the boy holding onto the Ford Escort’s luggage rack, his feet dangling over the windshield. Christgau took out a porch step, at which point the witness ran over and confronted him, the complaint states.
When deputies spoke with Christgau, he had watery, bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol. He admitted that he drove with his grandson on the roof and that he had been drinking beforehand.
Christgau also admitted to having an open can of beer in the vehicle during the incident, the complaint states. He was taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where he registered a 0.14 blood-alcohol level — nearly twice the legal limit — roughly an hour after the incident. Authorities also spoke with the 7-year-old boy, who, along with his 3-year-old brother, was being watched by Christgau for a parent. The 3-year-old was left inside the residence unattended during the incident, the complaint alleges.
Christgau is in Mower County custody on $12,000 bail, or $1,000 with court conditions.
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